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Health Disparities Round-Up – June 13, 2014

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

The Washington Post: Study: Health Law Boosts Hospital Psych Care For Young Adults – “Expanded coverage for young adults under the Affordable Care Act substantially raised inpatient hospital visits related to mental health, finds a new study by researchers at Indiana and Purdue universities. That looks like good news: Better access to care for a population with higher-than-average levels of mental illness that too often endangers them and people nearby. >> Read More

The New York Times: In Texarkana, Uninsured and on the Wrong Side of a State Line – “After the Supreme Court decided in 2012 that states could not be compelled to expand Medicaid to cover more of their low-income residents, many politicians voiced fears that the poor in states that opted out of the expansion might flood into states that opted in. Thus far, 26 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to extend Medicaid, encouraged by the promise that the federal government will shoulder 90 percent of the cost indefinitely. The others — including Texas — have so far declined.” >> Read More The link between felon disenfranchisement, politics, and health – “Felon disenfranchisement policies are the reason for the latter. I set out to explore whether they might be a cause of the former in an article published in the American Journal of Public Health. Felon disenfranchisement policies prevent people convicted of felonies, which include both violent and non-violent crimes, from voting while incarcerated, on probation, on parole, or even after they have completed their sentences; the specifics vary by state.” >> Read More

The Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation: Medicaid Enrollment: An Overview of the CMS April 2014 Update – “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its latest update on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment data, covering the period through April 2014. The report is the most recent in a series of monthly reports on indicators on Medicaid and CHIP application and enrollment produced as part of a performance indicator initiative designed to support program management and policy making. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the latest data and what it suggests about the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Medicaid and CHIP enrollment.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Why Racism in America Is Not the Healthy Choice in Medicine or Education – “A well-respected physician colleague told me recently that he did not understand why my research focused on racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He claimed racism no longer exists in the United States. As a white, male physician, his perspective is that of someone who had seen the roll-out of Medicare in 1966, and the subsequent desegregation of hospitals. He had seen neighborhoods in New York and other urban areas that were once 100 percent minority, morph into diverse mixing pots of ethnicities.” >> Read More

The New York Times: Shifts in Charity Health Care – “Health care reform was supposed to relieve the financial strain on hospitals that have provided a lot of free charity care to poor and uninsured patients. The reform law, known as the Affordable Care Act, was expected to insure most of those patients either through expanded state Medicaid programs for the poor or through subsidized private insurance for middle-income patients, thereby funneling new revenues to hospitals that had previously absorbed the costs of uncompensated care. In return for the new income streams, hospitals that treat large numbers of the poor and get special subsidies to defray the cost would have those subsidies reduced on the theory that they would no longer need as much help.” >> 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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