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Health Disparities Round-Up – April 4, 2014

iStock_000016864858SmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

CT mirror: At Obamacare deadline, rush to enroll, questions about what’s next – “Demand was high in the final days of the first open enrollment period under the federal health law known as Obamacare. Last week, 3,000 to 4,000 people signed up daily through Access Health for private insurance and Medicaid. Anticipating a rush to sign up today, community health centers, churches, libraries, social service agencies and other organizations are hosting enrollment events, including some that will continue into the night. (The deadline applies only to people buying private insurance; people who qualify for Medicaid can sign up at any time during the year.)” >> Read More

New York TimesIn New Health Care Era, Blessings and Hurdles – “A critical phase for the Affordable Care Act ends on Monday, with the closing of the first enrollment period for new insurance plans offered under the landmark law… Independent analysts estimate that more than four million others have enrolled in Medicaid through the law’s expansion of that program.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Unsung Heroes of Obamacare’s Enrollment Surge – “As open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended this week, 7 million Americans could breathe easier for having gained access to affordable health care. As President Obama said earlier this week, “The law is not perfect; the implementation — especially with the website — has had its share of problems. But this law is doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s working.” Indeed, we have just witnessed the largest expansion in health care coverage in half a century.” >> Read More

Washington Post:   Medicaid, CHIP enrollment grows by more than 3 million, CMS data shows – “More than 3 million Americans have enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program since October, according to data released Friday, providing the first enrollment snapshot of the government-run programs for low-income people since the health insurance marketplaces opened.” >> Read More  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement on National Minority Health Month – “In April, we commemorate National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minorities. This year’s theme – “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity” – embodies the ambitious goal put forward by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  to achieve “a nation free of disparities in health and health care.” >> Read More March 31 won’t be final health insurance deadline – “Monday was not really the deadline for signing up for health insurance in Washington state for people who have made a real effort to get insurance but didn’t succeed. A spokesman for the health exchange said there is no real deadline for anyone who has run into technical problems.” >> Read More

CT Latino News: So You’re Enrolled – What Now? Navigating Health Care System – “With the deadline to sign up for federally-mandated health insurance come and gone on March 31, many of the estimated 7 million across the country and nearly 200,000 Connecticut residents enrolled in Access Health CT (AHCT), and perhaps yet another 5,917  who may be eligible to enroll because they left voice mails before the midnight deadline,  may be first-time customers of any health insurance plan, facing a whole new world of insurance jargon. Signing up online in Connecticut had proved to be daunting for some, however, regardless of help centers, registration fairs and volunteer “navigators.” Many will soon be seeing common, yet often misunderstood, insurance terminology for the first time, such as “premium,” “co-pay” and “deductible.”” >> Read More

Examiner: Women’s social status, education level, and ethnicity affect fracture risk – “According to a new UCLA study, if you are a middle-aged Asian or African-American woman, your social class and level of education may play a major role in how likely you are to suffer bone fractures. The findings were published in the April edition of the journal Osteoporosis International. The investigators followed Asian, African-American, and Caucasian women for nine years during midlife. It differed from most previous studies on socioeconomic status and osteoporosis risk that focused only on older white women and usually did not collect fracture information over time. They note that their findings increase the understanding of the importance of social class, and particularly education levels, in the fracture risk of mid-life women from different racial and ethnic groups.” >> 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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