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Health Disparities Round-Up – December 20, 2013

iStock_000017515878.jpg healthcareJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

CNN Money: The new inequality: health care – “Inequality between the rich and the poor is on the rise, and we’re not just talking income. The wealthy are also getting better access to health care, as well as better treatment. This growing gap is showing up in some surprising ways. “The inequality is really driven by the higher end,” said Thomas LaVeist, director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. “Most economically advantaged people are getting so much better care than they were even 10 years ago.”” >> Read More

The Atlantic Cities: We Don’t Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do – “In the mid-1800s, how we lived had a lot to do with how we caught disease. That’s when we first discovered the connection between overcrowded, unsanitary housing and the spread of cholera, tuberculosis, and yellow fever. Back then, the fields of public health and urban planning were practically one and the same.The two have long since moved in different directions. But there’s growing concern that the communities we’ve built – full of highways, where few people walk, where whole neighborhoods lack food access – may be pushing us towards obesity, heart disease, and asthma.” >> Read More

New York Times: Tackling a Racial Gap in Breast Cancer Survival – “The cancer divide between black women and white women in the United States is as entrenched as it is startling. In the 1980s, breast cancer survival rates for the two were nearly identical. But since 1991, as improvements in screening and treatment came into use, the gap has widened, with no signs of abating. Although breast cancer is diagnosed in far more white women, black women are far more likely to die of the disease.” >> Read More

WNPR: Connecticut’s State Innovation Model for Health Care – “The last few months have seen the Affordable Care Act rollout, and the well-publicized problems with websites and signups. Connecticut’s Health Exchange has been doing much better than the rest of the country, but getting people signed up is only one part of the massive health care overhaul in the country.” >> Read More

Reuters: Obamacare enrollment by Latinos hurt by immigration law concerns – “Concerns among Hispanics that signing up for medical insurance under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law may draw the scrutiny of immigration authorities has hurt enrollment, according to advocates of the policy. Convincing Latinos to enroll could be crucial to the law’s success, and supporters of Obama’s signature domestic policy are aiming their campaign at the 10.2 million Latinos eligible for the new insurance plans or the expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor.” >> Read More

Yahoo News: Many immigrants hesitate to seek health insurance – “Since the system debuted in October, immigrant advocates and the federal government have been working to reassure families that their information will not be shared with enforcement agencies. The effort has led to changes in the main health care website and a memo from immigration authorities promising not to go after anyone based on insurance paperwork.” >> Read More

Wonkblog: Twenty-three states aren’t expanding Medicaid. Here’s who they leave behind – “Twenty-three states are currently not planning to move forward with the Medicaid expansion, which was meant to cover millions of low-income Americans. The population they leave behind is mostly young, minority, single adults, according to two new data briefs from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Their analysis is one of the most in-depth looks at the population that falls into this coverage gap, too poor to qualify for insurance subsidies (those are available only to those who earn above the poverty line, about $12,000 for an individual). They’re also shut out of the traditional Medicaid program, which tends to cover low-income parents, children and those with disabilities.” >> Read More

MSNBC: Health in the two Americas – ““The idea that so many children are born into poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth is heartbreaking enough,” President Obama said recently in a speech on inequality. “But the idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty … should compel us to action.” The president was talking about economic mobility, but a deep and growing inequality is also the defining feature of the nation’s health. As a new report from the United Health Foundation makes clear, the United States is effectively two countries—one a model of robust health and increasing longevity, the other a land of diminishing prospects. Health care reform may help us bridge the two Americas, but the problem goes far beyond access to medical care.” >> Read More

the ct mirror: CT insurance exchange enrollment up more than 50% in two weeks – “Connecticut’s health insurance exchange is enrolling about 1,400 people a day and is on track to have 50,000 to 60,000 people signed up for health care coverage by the end of the year, an official said Tuesday. Jason Madrak, chief marketing officer for Access Health CT, the state’s exchange, said about 20,000 people have signed up for private insurance plans through the marketplace, about 70 percent of whom will get federal financial assistance to discount their premiums.” >> Read More

New York Times: Medicaid Outpaces Private Plans – “Federal health officials announced on Wednesday that some 1.2 million people selected plans on federal or state exchanges during the months of October and November. That included 803,000 people who applied to the exchanges and were found eligible for Medicaid or a related Children’s Health Insurance Program that provide public insurance for the poor — in addition to nearly 365,000 people who chose private plans.” >> Read More

NPR: Promises To Fix Mental Health System Still Unfulfilled – “In 2013, increased funding for mental health. But , director of state policy and advocacy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says that was a drop in the bucket after four years of steep cuts during a recession that brought the system to the brink of collapse. “After these sorts of shootings, there’s a lot of talk, and a lot of policymakers saying we need to do something about the mental health system,” Diehl says. “But then, when push comes to shove and the budget debates occur, mental health seems to lose out.”” >> Read More

the ct mirror: How’s your health care? Community centers said: ‘Tell us by texts, postcards’ – “In theory, everyone in the state has the opportunity to tell lawmakers what they think. But in practice, getting to speak at a public hearing at the state Capitol complex, or even reaching a legislator by email or telephone, can be a challenge. Public hearings often draw dozens of lobbyists and members of the public, who have to sign up early in the day and wait around, sometimes into the night, to testify for up to three minutes. Hoping to help people get their concerns heard, the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut asked consumers to share their thoughts about health care by text message, postcard or online, then conducted follow-up interviews on video with some of those who answered. Among the questions: What are some of your concerns about the health care system? What are some of your ideas to make it better?” >> 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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