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Health Disparities Round-Up – February 7, 2014

iStock_000005752038Small (1)Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Chicago Tribune: Experts: Moving new Medicaid patients out of ER will take time – “But some health care experts say that in many cases it will take time and considerable coaching to change their behavior. People tend to use health care more after they obtain coverage, and those unfamiliar with a traditional doctor-patient relationship may stick with what’s familiar. Researchers reported last month in the journal Science that low-income Oregon adults who obtained Medicaid coverage through a lottery system were more likely to use the emergency room than those who remained uninsured.” >> Read More

The Root: Study: Frequent Discrimination Leaves Young African Americans at Risk for Disease – Frequent discrimination during youth puts African Americans at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and even stroke later in life, a new study has found, EurekAlert reports. According to the study, conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia and Emory University, 20-year-old African Americans who had reported repeated discrimination during their childhood experienced a type of biological wear and tear on their body (“allostatic load”), due to the stress, putting them at risk for chronic diseases as they age.” >> Read More

Saludify: Health care options for undocumented immigrants are limited – “The Affordable Care Act is meant to expand access to affordable health care coverage, but the law excludes one group from benefiting: the nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. Under the federal health care law, undocumented immigrants are not eligible for any assistance. For example, they are excluded from getting federal subsidies to buy health insurance, and they cannot shop for coverage in the health insurance marketplace.” >> Read More

theCTmirror: Connecticut Obamacare exchange adding members. Were they uninsured? – “Connecticut’s health insurance exchange is nearing its goal of getting 100,000 people signed up for coverage this year. But how close it is to another key goal — substantially reducing the number of state residents without health insurance — remains unclear. A central aim of the federal health law commonly known as Obamacare was to get the uninsured covered. But the application for Connecticut’s exchange, Access Health CT, doesn’t ask whether people have coverage at the time they’re applying.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Sebelius – Challenges and Progress: Black History Month and Affordable Health Care – “As a country, we pay dearly for these disparities. We pay in the heartbreak of the lives we have lost. And we pay in a loss of opportunity and freedom for so many of our fellow Americans.” >> 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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