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Health Disparities Round-Up – December 6, 2013

iStock_000010802947XSmall(12)Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Health disparities “could be eliminated in a generation” – study – “Health disparities between rich and poor nations could be banished in a generation by investment in research, vaccines and drugs to combat diseases such as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, global health experts said on Tuesday. In a report setting out a plan for a “grand convergence” in health, the experts said world leaders needed to press for a concerted increase in research and development (R&D) investment to develop new medicines, vaccines and health technologies.” >> Read More

USA Today: Study: States that reject Medicaid expansion lose money – “The 20 states choosing not to expand Medicaid will lose billions of dollars in federal funds, according to a new study released Thursday. By 2022, Texas could lose $9.2 billion by not expanding Medicaid as allowed under the Affordable Care Act, while Florida could lose $5 billion over that period, the study conducted by The Commonwealth Fund shows. Commonwealth was founded in 1918 to improve health services for Americans.” >> Read More

National Review Online: Empowering Patients First – “Today, nearly half of all Americans rely on their employers for health insurance. If they change or lose their jobs, access to the insurance coverage they have — and may very well like — can be lost. That could mean losing the ability to see preferred doctors and being forced to find new ones who may be unfamiliar with an ongoing treatment. This is particularly problematic given that the average American worker will have between ten and twelve different employers in her lifetime. She shouldn’t have to have ten to twelve different health plans.” >> Read More

Public News Service: Tackling Health Disparities in Connecticut – “People at a forum in New Haven tonight will explore both access to health care and the underlying issues that still get in the way of some low-income Connecticut residents achieving better health. Societal problems – from gun violence to poor neighborhood air quality and lack of access to nutritious food – all must be taken into account, said Heang Tan, project director and editor of the Health Justice CT website, which is sponsoring the forum.” >> Read More

New York Times: Poor Black and Hispanic Men Are the Face of H.I.V. – “The AIDS epidemic in America is rapidly becoming concentrated among poor, young black and Hispanic men who have sex with men. Despite years of progress in preventing and treating H.I.V. in the middle class, the number of new infections nationwide remains stubbornly stuck at 50,000 a year — more and more of them in these men, who make up less than 1 percent of the population.”  >> Read More

WNPR News: Rule Spells Out How Insurers Must Cover Mental Health Care – “The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires health plans that offer benefits for mental health and substance use to cover them to the same extent that they cover medical and surgical care. Among other things, the law prohibits treatment limits and copayments or deductibles that are more restrictive than a plan’s medical coverage.” >> Read More

Government Technology: Efforts to Reduce Health Disparities in California Raise Privacy Concerns – “California’s health insurance exchange wants to collect and use data on a raft of sensitive customer information, from race and ethnicity to sexual orientation and gender identity. How officials will tackle the task without running afoul of privacy laws remains an open question. A policy on collecting demographic characteristics — potentially far more than currently reported in doctor’s offices and passed along to the government — has yet to be developed.” >> 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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