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Health Disparities Round-Up – Friday, June 29, 2012

Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Public News Service: Ruling Paves Way for Ending Racial Disparities in CT Healthcare – “Connecticut healthcare advocates are calling it a “double victory,” applauding the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. They say it will expand coverage and serve as a major opportunity to deal with racial disparities in health coverage and medical outcomes. Patricia Baker, president and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation, says it means insurance coverage for at least 130,000 people in Connecticut.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Why President Obama’s Health Care Law Is a Big Win for the Disabled Community – “The US Supreme Court has upheld President Barack Obama’s health care law. While not everyone is happy with the ruling, it has ensured — barring any future repeal — that there is a potential for great change in the lives of millions of disabled Americans. How? Ask an adult who is physically disabled and unemployed why they are not working and nine times out of ten you will get the same answer — they are afraid of losing their state health insurance or of being removed from their parents’ policy. For the majority of those who are able and willing to work, the one thing that has been stopping them is health insurance.” >> Read More

StatesmanJournal.com: Good news and bad news on race in America – “How to explain it? African Americans are becoming less likely to die because of heart disease or HIV. A national focus on health disparities might have also helped. In Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University established a Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, making information about disease prevention more widely available in communities. Even so, new data could mask a more persistent set of disparities. In Baltimore, for example, there is a 20-year life expectancy gap between the wealthiest individuals, who live 83 years on average, and the poorest, who live 63 years. >> Read More

the ct mirror: After the ruling, a celebration – “Within hours of Thursday morning’s health care ruling, students, health care providers, older citizens and members of the clergy gathered at the Capitol to share their joy. Calling it a historic victory, advocates said they were proud of the Supreme Court’s decision, which they say will change the lives of more than 400,000 people in Connecticut with no access to health care.” >> Read More

CNN: Supreme Court upholds Obamacare 5-4 – “By this August, nearly 13 million of you will receive a rebate from your insurance company because it spent too much on things like administration and CEO bonuses and not enough on your healthcare,” Obama said.” >> Read More

NBC Latino: Latino health experts use community outreach to bridge mental health disparities – “Depression and anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent mental health conditions among Latinos. Suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70 percent higher than for white girls in 2009, non-Hispanic whites received mental health treatment two times more often than Hispanics in 2005, and Latino soldiers have about a 10 percent higher rate of PTSD after returning from deployment than their white counterparts. And as the Latino population grows, health leaders agree that there is an increased demand for focused efforts to effectively reduce mental health disparities and achieving health equity, and the best way seems to be community outreach.” >> Read More

YouTube Video: Health disparities impact everyone: Lovell Jones, Ph.D., explains – “Society has readily associated health disparities with a certain group of people, but it has a much bigger target — everyone.” >> View Video

Huffington Post: Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act, A Boon To Minority Health In The U.S.  – “Black and Latino Americans are expected to see substantial gains in insurance coverage under the ACA. The bill was designed to offer the greatest assistance to those with low and moderate incomes. And with income, race and ethnicity still closely linked in the United States, just over 48 percent of the nearly 24 million people likely to gain health insurance as the law’s provisions are implemented across the country will be people of color, according to a May Urban Institute analysis.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Whatever the Outcome on Health Care Reform, Expect a Big Impact on Latinos – “Today, 16 million American Hispanics are uninsured which means that one in three Americans who don’t have coverage are Latino. Millions more are underinsured and have difficulty gaining access to the health care they need. On average, Latinos spend more out-of-pocket than other groups trying to get health care. Latinos are also more likely to take money out of savings to seek services. Combined with lower incomes, this means that Latino families are especially burdened to balance the need for health care with other basic necessities. “ >> 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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