Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.
CNBC: HealthCare.gov enrollment hits nearly 2.5 million – “Demand for Obamacare insurance plans strongly accelerated in the days leading up to a key enrollment deadline, with the HealthCare.gov federal exchange signing up more than 1 million customers in one week and indications that many more enrollees are on the way, officials announced Tuesday. By last Friday, total sign-ups on HealthCare.gov for the ongoing open enrollment season had topped 2.466 million customers since Nov. 15, roughly split between new customers and returning ones, officials said.” >> Read More
PBS News Hour: Can government policies correct race and ethnicity disparities in child health? – “When Dolores Acevedo-Garcia and Pamela K. Joshi set out to study the racial and ethnic equity of federal policies impacting child health, they didn’t expect it to be terribly difficult. After all, they figured, there are federal mandates that require agencies to collect data on race and ethnicity. But finding the data that the researchers from Brandeis University wanted to analyze was difficult. It was buried in reports or tied up in semantics.” >> Read More
The CT Mirror: CT gets $45 million for health care system redesign – “Connecticut will receive $45 million in federal funds for an effort to redesign the state’s health care payment and delivery systems. The funding, announced Tuesday, is part of $620 million awarded to 11 states under the Affordable Care Act, the federal health law commonly known as Obamacare. Connecticut’s redesign effort, known as the State Innovation Model, or SIM, has a wide range of goals, including improving the health of Connecticut residents, eliminating disparities in health between different groups, improving the quality of care and access to it, and lowering costs. To do it, planners are focusing in part on improving primary care and changing the way health care providers are paid, trying to establish a set of standards for quality, health equity and patient experience that will be used by private insurers and public coverage programs.” >> Read More
MSNBC: How Obamacare reduces racial disparities in health care – “A new study released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Urban Institute found that Obamacare will reduce the coverage gap between minorities and whites. But blacks won’t benefit as dramatically unless more states embrace the health care law’s Medicaid expansion, the study, billed as providing the first state-level projections of Obamacare’s impact by race and ethnicity, found. Health coverage for all racial and ethnic groups is growing as a result of the Affordable Care Act through the new insurance exchanges and additional public funds for health care. But the study found Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid is particularly effective at reducing the coverage gap between whites and racial minorities, as minorities are more likely to be uninsured and qualify for the program, which covers lower-income Americans up to 138% of the poverty line.” >> Read More
Pacific Standard: Unjust and Unwell: The Racial Issues That Could Be Affecting Your Health Care – “There are widespread racial and ethnic disparities in health care. While there are many possible causes, including lack of access to timely care and lack of education, bias among health care professionals may be one of the reasons health outcomes vary. Studies suggest that physicians and health care workers may be biased, and their biases may affect the decisions they make when caring for patients.” >> Read More
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