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Health Disparities Round-Up – July 4, 2014

Parents Holding Hands with Kids in FrontJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Wtnh.com: Medicaid expansion helps 100 families – “One hundred more families will be able to care for their children at home thanks to an expansion in Connecticut’s Medicaid program for medically fragile children. It’s called the Katie Beckett waiver, and it’s named after an Iowa child who left the hospital for home in the early 1980s. The Katie Beckett waiver program serves children and young adults under 22 years of age whose family income would otherwise be too high to qualify for Medicaid.” >> Read More

Kaiser Health News: Supreme Court Limits Contraceptive Mandate For Certain Employers – “A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that at least some for-profit corporations may not be required to provide contraceptives if doing so violates the owners’ religious beliefs. But the five-justice majority writing in Burwell v Hobby Lobby, et al., took pains to try to limit their ruling only to the contraceptive mandate in the health law and only to “closely held” corporations like the family-owned businesses represented by the plaintiffs in the case.” >> Read More

ThinkProgress: People Of Color Aren’t Benefiting From Obamacare As Much As They Could Be – “Even as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enables millions of uninsured people to gain coverage, a new survey shows that stark racial disparities in health insurance coverage remain a serious problem. Data released by the CDC at the end of June shows that in 2013, among individuals under 65 years old, 30 percent of Hispanics and 19 percent of non-Hispanic blacks were uninsured.” >> Read More

Saludify: Latino & Black men lack health insurance – “Despite advances made by the Affordable Care Act, requiring everyone in the United States to obtain health insurance, Latino and African-American are the groups with the highest proportion of the uninsured population in the U.S. In a new study released by the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, African-American and Latino males under the age of 35 exhibit were part of this group.” >> Read More

The Courant: Fourth Annual Evening Of Wonder Gala Honors Leaders Building Health Equity – “The fourth annual Wheeler Clinic An Evening of Wonder gala on Oct. 11, will honor leaders who are committed to building health equity in underserved communities. The honorees include Patricia Baker, president and chief executive officer, Connecticut Health Foundation; Kurt Barwis, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group, Inc.; Christopher Dadlez, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Saint Francis Care; Louise Murphy, MPA, LPC, CEAP, president, Aetna Behavioral Health, Aetna; and Dick Salmon, M.D., Ph.D., national medical director for performance management and improvement, Cigna.” >> Read More

the CT mirror: How much will that MRI cost? Patients often in the dark – “Some experts say the most reliable source is the insurance company, since it negotiates payment rates with the provider. But getting the information from an insurer often requires knowing some key information, like what particular code will be used in billing. The prices — and billing codes — for tests like MRIs and CT scans vary based on several factors, including the part of the body being examined and whether contrast is used for the test. Another factor that affects price: where the service takes place. Prices can vary widely depending on whether a procedure or test is performed in a hospital or freestanding surgical center, for example.” >> Read More

Psychiatric News: For Better Mental Health Care for Latinos, Look at Neighborhoods – “A wide-ranging socioecological approach may be a better way than the current mental health system to address ethnic disparities in delivering care. Overcoming stubbornly persistent racial and ethnic disparities in mental health care requires new approaches that address the complexity of the problem, said Margaret Alegria, Ph.D., a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research in Somerville, Mass.” >> 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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