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Health Disparities Round-Up – February 27, 2015

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

LA Times: Number of Latino doctors isn’t keeping pace with population, study says – “Latinos as a group suffer disproportionately from poverty-related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Under the Affordable Care Act, more of them than ever have access to coverage. But in a recent analysis published by the journal Academic Medicine, Sanchez and colleagues found that the number of Latino physicians was not keeping pace with population growth and suggested that correcting the imbalance could be key to addressing Latino health disparities.” >> Read more

The CT Mirror: Providers, advocates call Malloy Medicaid cuts short-sighted – “Connecticut’s Medicaid program covered 723,769 people last month. Overall, the program costs more than $6 billion per year, although the state’s net spending is closer to $2.4 billion since the federal government reimburses Connecticut for more than half its Medicaid expenses. (For that reason, cutting $100 in Medicaid spending generally saves the state $50 or less, since it would mean forgoing the federal matching funds.) But spending is not distributed evenly among Medicaid clients. Nearly half the costs cover the care of about 13 percent of the clients – people with disabilities and about 96,000 seniors, many in nursing homes. During the 2014 fiscal year, their care cost $2.74 billion – nearly $1 billion more than the cost of covering more than 450,000 children and parents in the program.” >> Read more

The Skanner: Why Blacks are More Likely to Die From Colon Cancer – “African-American patients are less likely than whites to survive colon cancer. Now, researchers have found that the disparity has less to do with race than with the quality of care. “Our study findings turn the way we think about health disparities on its head,” said lead author Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH, assistant professor of colon and rectal surgery at Stanford and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Scholar. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, shows that when patients from underrepresented groups receive colon cancer treatment within an integrated health system—one where the patient’s insurance, outpatient health services, and hospital-based care are all accessed through a single organization—they are more likely to survive.” >> Read more

USA Today: More shopped than auto-enrolled on Healthcare.gov – “More than 8.8 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled through HealthCare.gov from Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 22, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Wednesday. HHS extended the deadline from Feb. 15 to Feb. 22 to accommodate people who couldn’t get through to the federal call center or on the website by midnight on Feb. 15. Despite concerns to the contrary, more people shopped around for a new plan than allowed themselves to be automatically re-enrolled, HHS data show. More than 2.2 million chose a new plan and just under 2 million were automatically re-enrolled.” >> Read more

Hartford Courant: New Phone App Offers Advice For Teens Facing Dating Abuse – “Connecticut teens can now download a free, updated mobile app that offers information, advice and resources for those involved, or potentially involved, in abusive or violent dating relationships. The app, designated “td411” (the td stands for “teen dating), was developed and issued by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence with the goal of helping the estimated 25 percent of Connecticut teens who have suffered some sort of dating abuse.” >> Read more

Medical Xpress: People with disabilities experience unrecognized health disparities, new research shows – “People with disabilities have unmet medical needs and poorer overall health throughout their lives, and as a result should be recognized as a health disparity group so more attention can be directed to improving their quality of life, a team of policy researchers has found. “Many of the health concerns of people with disabilities, including diabetes, heart disease and obesity, are largely preventive and unrelated to the disability,” said Gloria Krahn of Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Krahn is lead author on a new paper advocating the recognition.” >> 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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