Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.
Fox News Latino: White House in full force to enroll Latinos in Obamacare’s second year – As the deadline for enrolling in the Affordable Care health insurance program draws near, officials at all levels of government are reaching out to Latinos to persuade them to sign up. From now until the Feb. 15 deadline, more than 600 events targeting Latinos are planned across the country, according to the Houston Chronicle. In addition, officials and community organizations, including Enroll America – a nonprofit organization that works to enroll people in health care plans – are promoting the federal mandated health insurance program through social media and Spanish-language telethons, the newspaper said. In fact, the Health and Human Services Department is committing a third of its advertising budget for the plan to Latino outreach.” >> Read more
Center for American Progress: 5 Key Facts About the Affordable Care Act for African Americans – “The federal and state health insurance marketplaces will be open for the second round of enrollment from November 15, 2014, to February 15, 2015. For information on how to enroll, visit www.HealthCare.gov. The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has helped millions of uninsured Americans—especially African Americans—gain affordable, high-quality health care coverage. As enrollment for 2015 coverage begins, here are five facts to keep in mind about the effects of the ACA on the African American community. The Affordable Care Act has led to a significant drop in the number of African Americans who are uninsured. Health care reforms associated with the ACA reduced the percentage of uninsured African Americans from 24.1 percent to 16.1 percent between 2013 and 2014.” >> Read more
New Haven Register: Diabetes takes disproportionate toll on Hispanics and blacks in Connecticut – “Connecticut’s diabetes rate ranks lower than the national average, but Hispanics and African-Americans are more than twice as likely to have the disease compared with their white neighbors and are at greater risk of dying from diabetes-related causes. Approximately 250,000 Connecticut adults, or 8 percent, have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and an estimated 83,000 state residents don’t realize they have the disease, according to 2011-13 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Nationally, 29.1 million people, or 9.3 percent, have diabetes and 8.1 million people don’t know they have the disease, reports the CDC.” >> Read more
Yale Daily News: Residents satisfied with healthcare access – “Low-income residents in the New Haven area are generally content with their new level of access to health care granted by the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, according to a report released last week. Christian Community Action, a social service organization based in New Haven, carried out the survey in conjunction with the Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs in hopes of identifying issues faced by residents who enrolled in insurance plans through Connecticut’s health exchange network, Access Health CT, in the past year. One hundred four individuals who qualify for Medicaid, predominantly from New Haven, were randomly selected and interviewed for the project. Although some interviewees said they were misinformed about their dental coverage, most respondents seemed pleased with their overall health plans.” >> Read more
USA Today: Efforts intensify to sign up Hispanics for health care – “With the enrollment deadline looming, the Obama administration and advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to sign up millions of Hispanics for health coverage through online exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. Activists in states with high Latino populations are using various strategies to recruit a traditionally hard-to-reach group that already faces barriers to health care. The activists have been especially aggressive in Texas and Florida, which declined to expand Medicaid under the 2010 health care law.” >> Read more
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