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Health Disparities Round-Up – February 20, 2015

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

The CT Mirror: Medicaid clients, seniors, health care providers face cuts under governor’s plan – “Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget aims to save hundreds of millions of dollars through cuts to health care and social service programs, including reductions in Medicaid eligibility, payments to health care providers and grants for mental health and substance abuse treatment. It would require seniors to pay more for home care and eliminate plans for an effort to better coordinate the care of the costliest Medicaid clients. Hospitals would pay $165 million more in taxes and an estimated 34,000 parents would no longer be eligible for Medicaid.” >> Read more Healthcare Coverage Enrollment Extended One Week — African American Health Alliance Urges All to Finish Signing Up – “Didn’t finish signing up for coverage? The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline from February 15 to February 22. HHS has announced in its blog that those who experienced longer than normal wait times at the Marketplace Call Center and/or technical issues on they have until February 22 to finish signing up.” >> Read more

Huffington Post: Many African Americans Still Only Dream of High Quality Health Care – “Recently, AARP conducted a study to determine how perceptions of key social issues ranked in importance to African Americans age 50 and over. Ninety-one percent gave the answer “high quality health care.” Eighty-nine percent gave the answer, “Access to high quality health care information.” We were not surprised at the high percentage of either response. Why wouldn’t the foremost issue on the minds of African Americans be the key issue that would prolong, enhance or save lives? Why wouldn’t the dominant issue on the minds of Black people age 50 and over be their health; even more so than education, employment and access to technology.” >> Read more

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: A New Approach to Eliminating Health Disparities – “Authored by Marshall Chin, director of RWJF’s $8 million national program Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, which seeks and evaluates projects aimed at reducing racial and ethnic health care disparities, the piece points out that while differences in processes of care—such as administering shots and prescribing medicine—are becoming more equitable between racial and ethnic groups, the health outcomes are far from even. Black enrollees in Medicare plans still fare worse on control of blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose than white enrollees, even though the care they receive has improved, writes Chin. Unfortunately, this is a reality we at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation understand all too well. We know that if you are black, you are 21 percent more likely to die from heart disease than if you are white. If you live in the “Deep South,” your life is an average of three years shorter than if you live in other parts of the U.S. And if you live below the poverty line, you are 25 percent more likely than higher-income Americans to develop hypertension.” >> Read more

WTOC: Bridging the gap between health disparities – “According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, health disparities are a result of multiple factors including poverty, educational inequalities, and inadequate access to healthcare. Their research shows the numbers may be skewed because of the lack of data from certain sexes, races, and ethnicities. The Affordable Care Act is a way for the government to get new numbers and get better data from formerly uninsured Americans.” >> Read more

U.S News and World Report: Pharmacy Deserts: Another Way Your Address May Affect Your Health – “You may have heard of food deserts – communities that lack access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. Now researchers in Chicago have found another type of desert, one that could play a similarly significant role in U.S. health disparities. Pharmacy deserts are communities without access to nearby drugstores. Residents in these areas have to travel much farther than others to get prescriptions filled, buy over-the-counter medications or visit the growing number of urgent care clinics found inside stores.” >> 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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