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Health Disparities Round-Up – December 13, 2013

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

US News:  Federal data show health disparities among states – “Residents in some parts of the U.S. are signing up for health care coverage at a significantly greater rate than others through the new online insurance marketplaces now operating in every state.” >> Read More

USA Today: A poverty, not education, crisis in U.S.: Column – “By comparison, U.S. student scores remained in the middle of the pack. But the most telling difference between Finns and Americans when it comes to education is child poverty. Poverty is the most relevant factor in determining the outcome of a person’s educational journey, and in Finland, the child poverty rate is about 5%. In the U.S., the rate is almost five times as high. Unlike us, the Finns calculate the rate of poverty after accounting for government aid, but the differences remain substantial.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Beyond Obamacare – In Many States, the Health Care Is a Human Right Movement Is Growing – “”The intense media hype around the troubled Obamacare roll-out threatens to obscure the real issue at hand: how to go beyond the piecemeal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and build a truly universal health care system that provides equal, high-quality care to everyone.” >> Read More

Connecticut Health I-Team: Undocumented Immigrants To Strain Safety-Net Hospitals – “Undocumented immigrants are expected to make up a larger share of Connecticut’s uninsured population next year, putting new financial pressures on safety-net hospitals that provide emergency care to everyone, state and national health experts predict. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides coverage options for legal immigrants, but those in the U.S. illegally cannot apply for Medicaid, even if they are poor, or buy coverage at Access Health CT (the new insurance marketplace), even if they have cash. That means illegal residents without coverage will continue turning to local emergency departments for care at a time when Connecticut hospitals face the loss of millions of dollars in federal and state subsidies to help defray the cost of uncompensated care.” >> Read More Grier gives voice to health disparities – “For Maryland Grier tackling health disparities isn’t just a passion, it’s a professional mission. That’s why in 2010 she joined the CT Health Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group that is working to eliminate health disparities in Connecticut. Since taking the role as senior communications officer, Grier has made her mark trying to raise the visibility of the Foundation’s work and to educate the public about the need to ensure underserved communities have access to high quality health care.” >> Read More

New York Times: On Health Exchanges, Premiums May Be Low, but Other Costs Can Be High – “For months, the Obama administration has heralded the low premiums of medical insurance policies on sale in the insurance exchanges created by the new health law. But as consumers dig into the details, they are finding that the deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs are often much higher than what is typical in employer-sponsored health plans. Until now, it was almost impossible for people using the federal health care website to see the deductible amounts, which consumers pay before coverage kicks in. But federal officials finally relented last week and added a “window shopping” feature that displays data on deductibles.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Supporting People With Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Health Priority – “Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions: an innovative public and private sector initiative to improve the health status and quality of life of individuals with MCC. The overall goals are to foster system changes in health care and improve patient-centered care coordination, maximize proven self-care management services, provide better tools regarding MCC to providers, and promote research.” >> 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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