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Health Disparities Round-Up – January 17, 2014

istock_photo_of_emergency_room_entrance-300x203Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Kaiser Health News: Emergency Rooms Are Front Line For Enrolling New Obamacare Customers – “Still, most patients remain thoroughly befuddled about the law. Half of uninsured adults who could get policies now through the health insurance marketplaces have never tried to buy insurance on their own, and, in California, nearly one out of two poor adults don’t know they would qualify for Medicaid. Martinez estimates seven out of ten of the uninsured patients she sees can now get coverage, if those patients follow up and apply.” >> Read More

The Atlantic: It Is Expensive to Be Poor – “Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a move that was unprecedented at the time and remains unmatched by succeeding administrations. He announced a War on Poverty, saying that its “chief weapons” would be “better schools, and better health, and better homes, and better training, and better job opportunities.” So starting in 1964 and for almost a decade, the federal government poured at least some of its resources in the direction they should have been going all along: toward those who were most in need. Longstanding programs like Head Start, Legal Services, and the Job Corps were created. Medicaid was established. Poverty among seniors was significantly reduced by improvements in Social Security.” >> Read More

Middletown Patch: Community Health Center Uses Miley Cyrus ‘Twerking’ to Coax Obamacare Buy – “The Middletown-based primary care group hopes to win a competition offered by Health Justice CT that targets people of color in Connecticut to enroll in health care with provocative social media messages.” >> Read More

WNPR News: Is Obamacare Working? – “The Affordable Care Act is the signature piece of the president’s domestic agenda and it’s now, finally, operational. The question is: Is it working? On Where We Live we talk Obamacare and ask whether it is doing what it promised – helping the nation’s poor and uninsured.” >> Read More

New York Times: As Parents Age, Asian-Americans Struggle to Obey a Cultural Code – “In a country that is growing older and more diverse, elder care issues are playing out with particular resonance for many Asian-Americans. The suicide rate for Asian-American and Pacific Islander women over 75 is almost twice that of other women the same age. In 2012, 12.3 percent of Asian-Americans over 65 lived in poverty, compared with 9.1 percent of all Americans over 65. Nearly three-quarters of the 17.3 million Asians in the United States were born abroad, and they face the most vexing issues.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: Uninsured Connecticut: Obamacare comes to Hartford – “In their quest to help people sign up for insurance offered under the federal health law, the staff at Charter Oak Health Center have talked to more than 3,000 people. But a few stand out, like the man who was so happy to have insurance — for $49 a month — he was shouting on the way out. Or the young man with bad eyes who couldn’t afford glasses but would, as of Jan. 1, qualify for Medicaid. “He can get those much-needed glasses, and he was so freaking happy,” said Jesse Grant, the health center’s outreach enrollment case manager and self-appointed promoter of Obamacare to just about anyone who will listen. Charter Oak sits two blocks from the gold-domed state Capitol in one of the most uninsured pockets of Connecticut. Forty percent of Connecticut’s estimated 310,000 uninsured residents live in 20 ZIP codes, according to the most recent census estimates. Close to half of the uninsured are concentrated in 30 ZIP codes.” >> Read More

The Atlantic Cities: Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can’t Afford Food – “Income inequality is making us sick. Well, it’s not making all of us sick. Only the poorest of us. That’s what a new paper in Health Affairs by Hilary Seligman, Ann Bolger, David Guzman, Andrea López, and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo found they looked at when people go to the hospital for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). The basic idea is that people struggling to make it paycheck-to-paycheck (or benefits-to-benefits) might run out of money at the end of the month—and have to cut back on food. If they have diabetes, this hunger could turn into an even more severe health problem: low blood sugar. So we should expect a surge of hypoglycemia cases at the end of each month for low-income people, but not for anybody else.” >> Read More

Voxxi: Racial disparities seen in hospital deaths indicative of hospital quality, study – “Racial disparities in health and healthcare are a persistent and troubling problem for the U.S. There are a number of reasons minority patients experience disparities in care, but new research suggests the hospital death disparity related to bypass surgery is more a reflection on the quality of the hospital than barriers like language and lack of health insurance. According to research published in JAMA Surgery, minority patients had a 33 percent higher death rate after bypass surgery than white patients, and hospital quality is a major contributing factor. Out of 170,000 Medicare patients who had bypass surgery, approximately 9 percent were of an ethnicity other than non-Hispanic white. Researchers found hospital quality, socioeconomic status and patient factors accounted for 53 percent of the disparity between minority and non-Hispanic white patients.” >> 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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