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Health Disparities Round-Up – July 18, 2014

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

Colorlines: A New Way to Fight Health Disparities? – “There’s a big question behind pretty much every health care debate in the U.S.: Why, despite all the money spent on health care (we’re the world’s top spender), are our health outcomes so bad? The U.S. ranks at the bottom of other developed nations. When you look at these outcomes by race, though, you start to get a hint of what might be behind these stark differences. We see incredible disparities in health outcomes for people of color. In maternal health, for example, black women are four times more likely than white women to die during childbirth, and these disparities persist even for middle class black women. To a lesser but still to a significant degree, other women of color (Latinas, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders) experience these disparities as well. It’s not limited to maternal health either—in many other arenas people of color face worse health outcomes than whites.” >> Read More

Washington Post: New challenge for Obamacare: Enrollees who don’t understand their insurance plans – “Nine months after Americans began signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a challenging new phase is emerging as confused enrollees clamor for help in understanding their coverage. Nonprofit organizations across the country are being swamped by consumers with questions. Many are low-income, have never had insurance and have little knowledge of the health-care system.” >> Read More

Center for Advancing Health: When It Comes to Health Disparities, Place Matters More Than Race – “Blacks and Whites living in an integrated, low-income urban area had similar rates of treatment and management of hypertension, or high blood pressure, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease.” >> Read More

Madiam Niore: Office Of Minority Health Report Finds Nearly 2 In 5 Black & Latino Males Lack Health Insurance – “A new report from the Office of Minority Health finds that nearly 40 percent — two in five — African American and Latino males don’t have health insurance. Among these uninsured black men, 59 percent report an income at or below the national poverty line. The report, “Characteristics of Uninsured Adult Males by Race and Ethnicity (Ages 19 to 64 Years)” is a snapshot of the state of health care for men of various races across the US. While we’ve focused quite a bit on how the Affordable Care Act is bringing more Americans on to much-needed health care plans, the uproar the law has caused among Republicans, and the impact that the new mandates – and the Supreme Court decisions against them — has on women, there’s also men’s health to be concerned with. >> Read More

The CT Mirror: Access Health CT finds glitch behind cancellations – “The exchange, Access Health CT, is now getting in touch with 5,784 customers who were either inaccurately enrolled in Medicaid or who received inaccurate bills from their insurers because the companies received incorrect information from the exchange.” >> Read More

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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