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Health Disparities Round-Up – January 30, 2015

Just in ciStock_000034598448Smallase you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

CT Latino News: Diabetes Takes Disproportionate Toll On Hispanics And Blacks – “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 (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 (CDC). Nationally, 29.1 million people (9.3 percent) have diabetes and 8.1 million people don’t know they have the disease, reports the CDC.” >> Read more
Fox News: 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

Huffington Post: Thanks to Community Outreach, Obamacare Is Working for Diverse Groups – We are well into the second open enrollment period, and the numbers are telling: nearly 7.3 million people have enrolled in coverage in the federal health insurance marketplace. Ten million people have gained coverage since the first open enrollment period, including hundreds of thousands of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AAs and NHPIs). Thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage gains, the nation’s uninsured rate is now at near record lows. Much of this work has been due to the tireless efforts of community groups and enrollment assisters who are providing on-the-ground support to get eligible people enrolled. As a strong supporter of the ACA, my organization banded together with other dedicated national groups and over 70 community organizations and federal health centers to form Action for Health Justice (AHJ).” >> Read more Obama administration on track to surpass health care goal – “WASHINGTON (AP) — Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year. The Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday that, through the middle of January, more than 7.1 million people had signed up in 37 states where the federal government is running the insurance markets. At least another 2.4 million signed up in states running their own exchanges.” >> Read more

WNPRNews: Employer Health Coverage Decline Is Long-Term – “When the Affordable Care Act came into being many people wondered about the future of employer sponsored health coverage, but it turns out that company coverage has been declining for more than a decade. A study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that eleven percent fewer firms in Connecticut offer health care than a decade ago. Fifty-five percent still offer plans, down from more than 66 percent in 2004.” >> 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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