Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.
CTPost.com: About 23,700 poor parents to lose Medicaid coverage – “About 23,700 low-income parents are slated to lose Medicaid coverage under the state budget passed last week. Most of them will have until August 2016 to find alternative sources of medical insurance, but some 1,350 will go off the rolls Aug. 1, less than two months from now.” >> Read more
The CT Mirror: As Medicaid cut looms, critics warn of more uninsured – “The controversial cutback comes less than two years after a much-touted expansion of coverage under the federal health law. And advocates and state officials will be watching closely to see whether parents like Perez opt to pay for other forms of coverage — or end up uninsured. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy first proposed the cut, and administration officials have argued that, because of the Affordable Care Act, there’s now an alternative for those parents: private insurance sold through Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, at deeply discounted prices subsidized by the federal government.” >> Read more
The Commonwealth Fund: The Affordable Care Act and Medicare – “This report is the second in a series that traces the evolution of Medicare and its major accomplishments over the past 50 years; examines the Affordable Care Act’s reforms to Medicare and the challenges facing policymakers going forward; and lays out policy options to ensure Medicare’s viability and effectiveness for future beneficiaries.” >> Read more
The Wall Street Journal: Seniors and Income Inequality: How Things Get Worse With Age – “Income inequality has been rising on the political agenda, yet one group has been left out of the discussion: seniors. Older adults are somewhat less likely than working-age adults to be poor by the government’s traditional poverty measure, developed in the 1960s. But this official measure may understate the extent to which seniors live in poverty. Under a newer, alternative scale developed by the government in 2011, known as Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), the rate of poverty among seniors is considerably higher.”” >> Read more
Healio.com: Young black men more likely to die of breast cancer than young white men – “Younger black men with early-stage breast cancer demonstrated a 76% greater risk for death than younger white men despite receiving similar treatment, according to study findings.” >> Read more
The Bay State Banner: Older black lives matter, says top researcher – “Prof. James S. Jackson says the overwhelming propensity among researchers to view data on health disparities among African Americans through the lens of race is highly misleading, and masks deeper truths about how blacks and others cope with societal stressors. “We know that race matters,” Jackson said to scientists attending the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research conference in April at the University of California, Davis. But the color of one’s skin is genetically irrelevant to understanding racial and ethnic disparities in health, he explained.” >> Read more
Salud Today Blog: Latinos More Likely to Use Smartphones to Look for Health, Education, and Job Content – “Latinos rely more on smartphones to access the Internet than whites, and are more likely to use their phones to look up health, education, and job content, according to a Pew Research Center report. Smartphones are narrowing the so-called digital divide between racial/ethnic minorities and whites.” >> Read more