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 CT insurance? There’s an app for that – “Access Health CT’s mobile application is available for iPhone users and will be rolling out soon for Androids and iPads, officials at Connecticut’s health insurance exchange said Thursday. Access Health officials say the free mobile app will make it easier for people to shop for health care coverage using smart phones or tablets. Officials hope it will appeal to young people — a coveted customer pool — and to people who have smart phones but don’t have regular access to a computer.” >> Read More
Huffington Post: Hospitals Saving Millions In States That Expanded Medicaid: Study – “Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act have witnessed a significant decrease in the volume of uninsured patients treated and the amount of charity care provided in the first quarter of 2014, according to a new study by the Colorado Hospital Association released Monday. After gathering data from 465 hospitals in 30 states — 15 that expanded Medicaid and 15 that did not — the report concluded that in states that chose to participate in Medicaid expansion, the average charity care cost per hospital decreased from $2.8 million to $1.9 million.” >> Read More
Brookings: Chronic Stress Gets Under the Skin, Impacts Brain Development, and Hurts Social Mobility – “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Not always. For kids growing up in chronically stressful environments—think children living in poor housing conditions, frequently witnessing domestic violence, or suffering abuse or neglect—the experience can get under their skin and affect their behavior for a lifetime.” >> Read More
Connecticut Health Foundation: Report Finds Opportunity to Improve the Health of an Estimated 130,000 More Residents with the Safety Net – “The health care safety net protects Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents, according to Health Inequities in Connecticut and the Vital Role of the Safety Net, a policy brief recently released by the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health). Throughout Connecticut, 14 health clinics serve 333,000 patients annually at more than 100 sites, and the number of patients is expected to increase now that an estimated 130,000 residents have newly enrolled in Medicaid in Connecticut.” >> Read More
Connecticut Association of Directors of Health: Connecticut’s Health Equity Index Now Available – “Charles Brown, Executive Director and David Knauf, President of the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health (CADH), announced today that their membership has extended an invitation to community partners and other interested parties to access and use the Health Equity Index (HEI), a web-based tool that provides an in-depth analysis of each of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns. The Index presents maps and data which illustrate health measures and community conditions such as employment, community safety, civic involvement, and educational achievement, along with other indicators of well-being. The value of the Index and what makes it so exciting is its ability to compare the strengths and challenges within communities and between neighborhoods. Local health departments, hospitals, and community coalitions can use the Index to assess community health needs and determine priority areas to target for improvement.” >> Read More
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