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Health Disparities Round-Up – August 8, 2014

iStock_000025869802SmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

The Kaiser Health News: Exchange Assisters Want More Training To Help Consumers — Even After They Enroll – “With the Nov. 15 kick-off for this year’s health law enrollment season fast approaching, the need for more training for the  people who help consumers navigate the health insurance marketplace is growing increasingly clear. For example, 92 percent of health insurance marketplace assister programs say they want more preparation than they received last year, according to survey findings released last month by the Kaiser Family Foundation. This figure, highlighted during an Aug. 5 briefing, came out of a larger survey  conducted after the first open enrollment period concluded last spring. The survey polled people who supervised assistance efforts by navigators, in-person assisters, certified application counselors, federally qualified health centers and federal enrollment assistance programs which were promoting federal and state-based health care exchanges.” >> Read More

Gallup: States With Both Medicaid Expansion and State Exchanges Report Biggest Drop in Uninsured Rate – In this video learn which state have dropped its uninsured rate >> View Video Here State exchange reports 50 percent drop in uninsured – “The state’s uninsured rate has been cut nearly in half after the launch of a statewide health care exchange. Officials from Access Health CT, the state’s health care exchange, announced that new research shows Connecticut’s uninsured rate has fallen to 4 percent from 7.9 percent in 2012.” >> Read More

New Haven Register: Connecticut officials say uninsured rate has declined with Affordable Care Act – “Access Health CT released polling data Wednesday, which they say suggests that the number of uninsured residents has decreased 53 percent. The poll conducted in July surveyed 2,564 enrollees and found 1,367 or about 53 percent did not have health insurance prior to signing up for a plan on the exchange. About 46 percent or 1,176 did have insurance prior to signing up for a plan.” >> Read More

The New York Times: Newly Insured, Many Now Face Learning Curve – “Advocates of the Affordable Care Act, focused until now on persuading people to buy health insurance, have moved to a crucial new phase: making sure the eight million Americans who did so understand their often complicated policies and use them properly.” >> Read More

RH Reality Check: Bill Introduced in U.S. House to Improve Health Outcomes for Minority Communities – “Those disparities in health outcomes are significant and devastating for minority communities, advocates said. Hilary O. Shelton of the NAACP explained on the call that African-American infants are up to three times more likely to die in childbirth than other races and ethnicities, African-American men are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer, Hispanic women die of cervical cancer at 1.5 times the rate of non-Hispanic white women, and African-Americans and Native populations are twice as likely to contract diabetes.” >> 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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