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Health Disparities Round-Up – June 27, 2014

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

Gallup Well-Being: U.S. Uninsured Rate Holds Steady at 13.4% – “The uninsured rate for U.S. adults appears to be leveling off since the open enrollment period for buying health insurance coverage through the marketplace ended in mid-April. The uninsured rate so far in the second quarter of 2014 is 13.4%, with the rate in April and May as individual months also averaging 13.4%, respectively.” >> Read More

NPR: Former Foster Care Youth Get Help Paying For Health Care – “About 55,000 former foster youth are expected to take advantage of the Medicaid expansion this year, and that number is predicted to increase by 2017 to as many as 74,000, according to the . This coverage can be lifesaving, because young adults who grew up in foster care are at higher risk of than their peers. And before the change in the law, in many states, former foster youth would lose access to Medicaid services as early as age 18.” >> Read More

The Boston Globe: Breaking down barriers to healthcare – “A national report released in May by the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says 26 percent of Americans — especially racial and ethnic minorities and poor people — report having difficulty getting health care. “Access to care is pretty sad,” says Dr. Ernest Moy, who directs the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. “Blacks and Hispanics usually have the worst access to care.”” >> Read More

Imperial Valley Press: Latino doctors sought to help eliminate health disparities – “As a child growing up in the Imperial Valley, Dr. Alfredo Negrete remembers struggling to have to translate and explain both medical terminology and ethnic customs or beliefs during family trips to the local doctor. Although the inconvenience of it all would prompt his parents to eventually seek medical care in Mexicali, it would also set Negrete down a path toward medical school.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: How to (try to) find out what your medical care will cost – “Want to know how much a medical procedure is going to cost? Experts say it’s not easy. But if you try, there are some things that you should know. Here are few places to look, based on the recommendations of Connecticut and national experts.” >> Read More

Fierce Healthcare: RWJF brief examines differences in US, European disparity strategies – “A new policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute compares efforts to reduce healthcare disparities in the United States and the European Union (EU). Within the health policy community, there is little consensus on disparities; there is not even a concrete definition of the term, according to the brief. Beyond that, one major difference in disparity measurement is whether to address disparities among particular marginalized groups, such as racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S., or the social circumstances that create such disparities in the first place.” >> 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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