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How An Increase in Minimum Wage Can Improve Health

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A bill by state Sen. Mark Leno aimed at raising the minimum wage passed the California Senate and is moving on to the Assembly.

But what does this have to do with health?

A “powerful intervention” for public health.    

Generally, advocates of raising the minimum wage try to sway public opinion by using economic arguments. But there’s an increasing move to tie health outcomes and health costs directly to the minimum wage, just as health advocates have long tied socioeconomic status generally to health status.

A new study finds that raising the state minimum wage could prevent hundreds of premature deaths in California each year and save millions in health costs.

Human Impact Partners, or HIP, conducted a “rapid health analysis” of Leno’s proposed SB935, which would raise the current $8-an-hour minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017. Continue reading