Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.
The Washington Post: Could Medicaid Expansion Debate Turn Into An Immigration Issue? – “Florida lawmakers backing expansion of the state’s Medicaid program plan to mount a new argument this legislative session: That voting against extending the program would deprive low-income U.S. citizens of access to insurance that’s available to some legal immigrants. At issue is a little-noticed provision of the federal health law that allows some low-income immigrants who are living here legally to qualify for subsidies to help them buy private insurance through online marketplaces.” >> Read More
WNPR News: State’s Obamacare Website Now Up In Spanish – “We recently told you about the challenge of getting a Spanish language enrollment website up and running for the state’s Obamacare agency, Access Health CT. Now, it appears that site is live. Not all forms are translated, but there is at least a mechanism for the state’s Spanish-speaking residents to apply online for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.” >> Read More
Here & Now: Why Are Latinos Lagging On Health Insurance Enrollment? – “With only six weeks left before the March 31 deadline to enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, we check in on how signups are going — this time, in the Latino community. In California, 1.7 million people have now enrolled through the state’s “Covered California” health exchange. But only 28 percent of those enrolled identify as Latino, even though Latinos make up 46 percent of the uninsured population. Signup problems in California have included poor Spanish translation on the exchange website and a lack of Spanish-speaking employees at information hotlines. A Spanish language paper application wasn’t available until December.” >> Read More
New Haven Register: New Haven divided by growing income disparity – “The divide between New Haven’s have and have-nots is growing, and at a more rapid clip than the state and the country, according to an analysis by DataHaven, which collects and analyzes demographic information on the region. The gap in earnings between the top fifth of Greater New Haven households and those at the bottom fifth of the income ladder increased by 20 percent from 2006 to 2012, according to DataHaven. The chasm between the region’s rich and poor expanded at a rate three times faster than the national average and much faster than statewide growth in income disparity.” >> Read More
HealthWatch: White House pushes for black enrollees – “The Obama administration is engaged in a “final coordinated push” to enroll blacks in ObamaCare, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said Friday. Jarrett said blacks have a “disproportionately low rate of coverage,” and called enrolling them the administration’s “top priority.” “We still have a long way to go and we want to make sure we take advantage of every opportunity for outreach,” she said in a Friday conference call with reporters and three mayors that preside over large black communities: Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and A.C. Wharton of Memphis, Tenn. An estimated 6.8 million African-Americans lack healthcare coverage. The 2014 enrollment deadline closes on March 31.” >> Read More
Cornell Chronicle: New York Health Commissioner Touts Reform During Visit – “By shifting the focus of health care from hospitals to the social determinants of health, the New York state health care program Medicaid saved $4.6 billion in one year. “You can save a lot and provide better care by going outside the four walls of the hospital,” said Nirav Shah, M.D., New York State Health Commissioner, at a talk on campus Feb. 26.” >> Read More
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