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Health Disparities Round-Up – April 3, 2015

HealthJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Latino Decisions: National Latino Health Survey: More Latinos Have Health Insurance; Gaps and Challenges Remain – “On a press call and webinar held this morning, Latino Decisions presented the findings of its groundbreaking national poll on Latinos’ health, experiences with the changing healthcare marketplace, and outlook on immigration and racial issues. Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico and conducted by Latino Decisions, the National Latino Health and Immigration Survey provides the most in-depth views to date on Latinos’ experiences with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the five years since its passage.” >> Read more

Hartford Courant: Outreach Nurse Tackles Poverty, Illness and Inequality – “When Rebecca Santiago became a nurse she was taught how to treat the sick. But more than 30 years in public health has taught her that poverty may be the greatest threat to health and it takes a lot more than medicine to fix it. As a community health care nurse navigator for Saint Francis Care, Santiago must confront suspicion of the health care system, fear, lack of insurance, inadequate education, spotty transportation systems and economic inequality before she can even get her patients in for the care they need. Her job takes her to churches and mosques, community centers and health fairs, often on Sunday mornings, where she tries to convince low-income residents of the Hartford area to be screened for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer that if caught early can be successfully treated or even cured.” >> Read more

Philanthropy News Digest: Premature Death Rates Fall but Health Disparities Remain, Study Finds – “While premature death rates have fallen in a majority of U.S. counties, significant disparities persist between the healthiest and least healthy counties, a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute finds.” >> Read more

The New York Times: TheUpshot: Income Inequality: It’s Also Bad for Your Health – “We know that living in a poor community makes you less likely to live a long life. New evidence suggests that living in a community with high income inequality also seems to be bad for your health. A study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute examined a series of risk factors that help explain the health (or sickness) of counties in the United States. In addition to the suspects you might expect — a high smoking rate, a lot of violent crime — the researchers found that people in unequal communities were more likely to die before the age of 75 than people in more equal communities, even if the average incomes were the same.” >> Read more

The CT Mirror: The special Obamacare sign-up period: What you need to know – “The deadline to sign up for private insurance under the federal health law this year is long past, but some state residents who are currently uninsured will have a 30-day window to sign up for plans during April – if they meet certain criteria. Here are the details.” >> Read more

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut: Facing a Tax Penalty for Lack of Health Insurance? – “CT’s Special Enrollment Period Starts April 1State residents who face a tax penalty for not having health insurance will get one last chance to enroll this April. This special enrollment period applies to people who had no health plan in 2014, and have not yet enrolled for coverage in 2015. Starting April 1, Access Health CT will open a special enrollment period through April 30. Enrollment in April will help the state’s uninsured reduce the fine they would otherwise face in next year’s tax season.” >> Read more

The Wall Street Journal: Americans Don’t Feel the Slowdown in Health Costs – “National spending on health care and insurance premiums has risen at historically low rates in recent years. But, as the chart above shows, even when spending and premiums experienced record-low growth in 2013, only 3% of Americans said health costs had been rising slower than usual, and 52% said they had been growing faster than usual. The American people are not out to lunch; their view of the problem of health costs is very different from that of experts. The amount that people with employer-based insurance pay for premiums has risen 212% in the last 15 years, while wages have risen 54% and inflation 43%. Deductibles and other forms of cost sharing have also risen steadily, so much so that about a quarter of privately insured Americans don’t have the savings to pay their deductibles. Drug prices have been rising sharply. Even though drugs represent just 10% of overall health spending, people experience the co-pay cost every time they go to a pharmacy or order online. With premiums, deductibles, and drug costs rising at a time when wages have been relatively flat, it’s no wonder Americans haven’t felt relief from the slowdown in health-cost growth, even if their premiums have been rising more slowly than in the past.” >> Read more

Huffington Post: Among Low-Income Working Families, a Sharp Racial and Ethnic Divide – “The growing national concern about income inequality across much of American society should focus on the sharp and damaging divide within the ranks of low-income working families — with whites and Asians faring better than other racial and ethnic groups. While minorities make up 40 percent of all working families, they constitute 58 percent of all low-income working families.” >> Read more


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About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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