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Health Disparities Round-Up – January 3, 2014

Taking blood pressureJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Cleveland.com: Minority physicians take care of the bulk of minority and underserved patients, study shows – “Minority physicians in the United States are playing an “outsized role” when it comes to caring for patients who are uninsured and – in some cases – who need medical care the most, according to an analysis conducted by a team of researchers that was published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Led by Dr. Lyndonna Marrast, an internal medicine physician at Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts, the researchers found that minority physicians provide a “disproportionate share of care to underserved populations.”” >> Read More

LA Times: White House issues new tip sheet for Obamacare consumers – “WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is releasing a new tip sheet for Americans who have signed up for coverage under the president’s healthcare law and is urging consumers to be careful before they start using their new insurance Wednesday.” >> Read More

KSBY.com: Certain ethnic groups less likely to see dentist – “Although more Americans are seeking preventive dental care, a new study reveals there is still a large disparity among racial and ethnic groups. Duke University researchers looked at the oral health histories of nearly 650,000 middle aged and elderly Americans between 1999 and 2008. They found that while three quarters of Caucasians and Asian Americans got preventive dental care, Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans were significantly less likely to have seen a dentist.” >> Read More

Washington Post: With new year, Medicaid takes on a broader health-care role – “Medicaid embarks on a massive transformation Wednesday — from a safety-net program for the most vulnerable to a broad-based one that finds itself at the front lines of the continuing political and ideological battle over the Affordable Care Act. Already the nation’s largest health-care program, Medicaid is being expanded and reshaped by the law to cover a wider array of people.” >> Read More

ABC News: Medicaid Growth Creates Gap of 5M Without Coverage – “About 5 million people will be without health care next year that they would have gotten simply if they lived somewhere else in America. They make up a coverage gap in President Barack Obama’s signature health care law created by the domino effects of last year’s Supreme Court ruling and states’ subsequent policy decisions. The court effectively left it up to states to decide whether to open Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, to more people, primarily poor working adults without children.” >> Read More

Modern Healthcare: HealthCare.gov sign-ups soar over 1 million – “A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the U.S. government’s rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new signs of life for the problem-plagued federal insurance exchange. Of the more than 1.1 million people now enrolled, nearly 1 million signed up in December, with the majority coming in the week before a pre-Christmas deadline for coverage to start in January. Compare that to a paltry 27,000 sign-ups in October —the website’s first, error-prone month — or 137,000 in November.” >> Read More

The Courant: UConn Professor Leading New Journal On Health Disparities – “In recent years, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin of the University of Connecticut has focused on the questions of why certain medical conditions affect different racial and ethnic groups and how the health care system treats people differently. Now Laurencin, a professor of orthopedic surgery, will head up a new journal that will focus exclusively on that topic.” >> Read More

The ct mirror: When getting Medicaid now means repaying the state later – “Thousands of Connecticut residents will become eligible for Medicaid Jan. 1, and for some, the coverage will come with an often-overlooked trade-off: When they die, the state could dock their estates to repay the medical costs it covered. So-called “recovery” of the assets of Medicaid recipients applies to only some people in Connecticut’s program. It’s long been one of the strings attached to the public health care coverage.” >> 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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