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Health Disparities Round-Up – June 5, 2015

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

The CT Mirror: Access Health increases fee on insurers – “The board of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange approved a 22 percent hike in the fee it charges insurers to help fund its operations, a cost that’s likely to be passed on to insurance customers. Access Health CT currently charges a 1.35 percent assessment on premiums for insurance plans sold to individuals and small groups, whether purchased on the exchange or not.” >> Read more

NPR Shots: State Obamacare Exchanges Experience Growing Pains – “The states that set up their own insurance marketplaces have nothing to lose in King v. Burwell, the big Supreme Court case that will be decided by the end of June. But that doesn’t mean those states are breathing easy. With varying degrees of difficulty, all of the state-based exchanges are struggling to figure out how to become financially self-sufficient as the spigot of federal start-up money shuts off. Here are dispatches from Minnesota, Colorado and Connecticut on this tricky transition.” >> Read more

Salud Today: Study: Latinos Suffer Most from ‘Perfect Storm’ of Health Problems – “One-third of adults in the U.S. suffers from metabolic syndrome, but Latinos suffer the most, according to a new study, Latina Magazine reports. About 39% of Latinos suffer from the syndrome, a higher rate than both whites (37.4%) and blacks (35.5%). Metabolic syndrome is called a “perfect storm” of several health conditions that include high blood pressure, increased levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and wider waist circumference.” >> Read more More than 10M enrolled this year under Obama’s health law – “More than 10 million people have signed up for private health insurance this year under President Barack Obama’s law, the administration said Tuesday. That puts the nation finally within reach of coverage for all, but it may not last. The report from the Department of Health and Human Services comes as dozens of insurers are proposing double-digit premium hikes for next year, raising concerns about future affordability. And the Supreme Court is weighing the legality of subsidized premiums for millions of consumers in more than 30 states. A decision is due around the end of the month.” >> Read more

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: What’s the Airbnb for Health? Pioneering Ideas Podcast Episode 9 – “Could the ideas behind Airbnb — a service that lets people share their homes with strangers — transform health and health care? Airbnb is just one example of a company that’s emerged as part of the sharing economy (also referred to as the “collaborative” or “peer” economy), an ecosystem of companies all over the world that are fueled by collaborative consumption” >> Read more

Universal Health Foundation Health Square: 2015 Session Ends: Who Are the Health Care Winners and Losers? – “Much has been written about the dash to pass a state budget before last night’s deadline.  Just as in the Cinderella tale, midnight passed and now in the light of day,  we see clear winners and losers.” >> Read more

Fusion: A guide to debunking ‘black-on-black crime’ and all of its rhetorical cousins – “Black-on-black crime may no longer be the right-wing media’s slogan du jour, but its replacements express the same sentiment. Inevitably, when there’s an uptick of homicides in cities with sizable black populations, or to deflect from movements calling attention to the killings of black people by law enforcement, headlines like these crop up: “Black Lives Matter only When They Are Killed by White Cops”, “#SomeBlackLivesDontMatter,” and “Murder Capital Homicide Explosion in wake of Freddie Gray case dwarfs rate of similar cities.” So we here at Fusion have put together a comprehensive list on what to do when someone you love, hate, or feel so-so about goes on about “but what about that black crime in the black community” as an alternative to talking about the deaths of black people by police.” >> 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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