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Health Disparities Round-Up – August 15, 2014

iStock_000001010593SmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

The Day Connecticut: United Community & Family Services marks renovation of medical clinic – “The best of the many new features of the renovated and expanded space at United Community & Family Services, according to one of the agency’s nurses, is the separate waiting areas for medical, behavioral health and dental care appointments, replacing the single large central area that could get crowded.” >> Read More

The Boston Globe: Some Affordable Care Act enrollees must clarify immigration status –“ Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The government is warning that they have until Sept. 5 to show that they’re eligible. Of the 8 million people who signed up for private coverage through President Barack Obama’s law, more than 2 million at one point had discrepancies of one sort or another that could have affected their eligibility. That number has been greatly reduced — but the remaining cases are proving difficult to untangle.” >> Read More

DC Fiscal Policy Institute: Health Reform Means Big Changes for Medicaid Eligibility Rules and Processes – “The Affordable Care Act has allowed the District to improve access to health care through Medicaid, by making more residents eligible and by expanding Medicaid services. The ACA also changed the way many residents will apply for and renew their benefits starting this fall, in ways that should make it easier to get and keep health coverage. But the changes – particularly in how income is counted to determine Medicaid eligibility – may be confusing to some.” >> Read More

The Upshot: Medicaid Rolls Are Growing Even in States That Rejected Federal Funds – “Call it a side effect of the Affordable Care Act: Even in states that haven’t changed their Medicaid programs, nearly a million people signed up for Medicaid this year. The law has expanded insurance coverage to millions of poor Americans through its broadening of the federal-state Medicaid program. In about half the states, that expanded program means that anyone below a certain income threshold is automatically qualified for the program. As you might expect, Medicaid enrollment went way up in those states. But Medicaid enrollment has also increased this year in many states that chose not to accept federal funds. Data from Medicaid released Friday show that enrollment jumped in most states that did not expand their programs, including Georgia (16 percent), Montana (10 percent), Idaho (9 percent) and Florida (7 percent). Altogether, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in the states that didn’t make any changes has gone up by 975,000.” >> Read More

WNPR News: Obamacare Gets a Checkup – “According to new data from Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, the state’s uninsured rate has dropped by roughly 50 percent since 2012 This decrease is due, in part, to the more than 256,000 residents who’ve signed up for health insurance and Medicaid since Access Health CT’s exchange website was launched last fall.” >> 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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