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Health Disparities Round-Up – July 25, 2014

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

Connecticut Health Foundation: Are the Subsidies that Made Health Insurance Affordable, Also Illegal? – “This year, 6.7 million Americans were able to afford health insurance because of subsidies allowed for in the Affordable Care Act. Were those subsidies illegal? It depends on who you ask, and if your state chose to run its own health insurance marketplace. Two different federal circuit court rulings came down on either side of the issue. Of those 6.7 million Americans, 4.7 million may no longer be eligible for subsidies – and may no longer be able to afford health insurance. In this video, Connecticut Health Foundation president & CEO Patricia Baker explains what this means for Connecticut in the short term and the long term. >> Click here to view the video

The Courant: State Tackles Childrens’ Mental Health Issues – “Early prevention: Children are routinely screened for medical problems, but not mental health. Fewer than four out of 10 children are screened for autism, yet the number of children diagnosed with the condition is increasing rapidly. Consistency: some towns have plentiful, high-quality mental-health programs in the community and in the schools; other towns have next to nothing, particularly in the northeast, northwest, and southwest areas of the state. Some parents have moved just so their children can have a better shot at treatment. Some local police departments work very well with mental-health professionals in town; others hardly collaborate at all.” >> Read more

Families USA: Latino Health Disparities Compared to Non-Hispanic Whites – “Racial and ethnic health disparities undermine our communities and our health care system. Our infographic shows some of the more prevalent health disparities that afflict Latinos in the United States (compared to non-Hispanic whites). – View infograph here

The New York Times: Medicaid Cuts are Unjust, Lawsuit Says – “A federal class action lawsuit filed late Tuesday accuses New York State health officials of denying or slashing Medicaid home care services to chronically ill and disabled people without proper notice, the chance to appeal or even an explanation, protections required by law. The lawsuit, filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, names three plaintiffs: an impaired 84-year-old woman living alone in Manhattan, a frail 18-year-old Brooklyn man with severe congenital disabilities, and a 65-year-old Manhattan man with diabetes and a schizoaffective disorder. But it was brought by the New York Legal Assistance Group on behalf of tens of thousands of disabled Medicaid beneficiaries who need home health care or help with daily tasks like bathing and eating.” >> Read more

USC News: Study offers new clues about the source of racial health disparities – “A first-of-its-kind study by researchers at USC and Loyola Marymount University has found evidence that the persistent health disparities across race may, in part, be related to anxiety about being confronted by negative racial stereotypes while receiving health care. Stereotype threat, which is the threat of being judged by or confirming a negative stereotype about a group you belong to, has already been shown to influence the outcome of standardized testing, such as performance on the SAT (the most widely used college admissions exam). For example, when confronted with a negative stereotype about their group identity, some black students become anxious that they will perform poorly on a test and, thereby, confirm negative stereotypes about the intellectual ability of people of their race. As a consequence of cognitive load from this performance anxiety, students actually become more likely to perform poorly.” >> Read more

Scope: A quiz on the social determinants of health – “Given the topic of today’s SMS-Unplugged entry, during which Moises Humberto Gallegos discusses how things like housing insecurity and financial hardship can contribute to poor health, I was interested to come across this Covering Health quiz on the social determinants of health. Writer Joe Rojas-Burke asks 10 true-or-false questions, and I think some of the answers may surprise you. >> Read more

Health IT Analytics: How can expanding internet access address health disparities? – “Overcoming the divide between patients who have regular broadband internet access and those who do not could be a key factor in decreasing health disparities and improving overall health literacy, argues a Harvard professor of public health. Despite the prevalence of smartphones and personal computers, patients with lower socioeconomic standing, who are also prone to increased levels of chronic disease, lack access to one of the basic tools of modern life and may not be able to make the same healthy choices as higher income peers.” >> Read more

Huffington Post: New Caucus to Focus on Expanding Medicaid – “Medicaid expansion is a choice that states can make because of the Supreme Court’s ruling. However, when the Court stuck the requirement and gave states the choice to expand Medicaid, it did NOT strike the facts that make Medicaid expansion the correct budgetary, economic, health and, yes, moral choice. 27 states, a majority of the states of this great country, looked at the facts and made the choice to help their people be healthier and therefore lead more productive lives.” >> 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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