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Health Disparities Round-Up – March 20, 2015

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

Connecticut Health Foundation: Thousands of Parents Could Lose Health Insurance and Face Financial Vulnerability with Governor’s Proposed Budget – “The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) today announced the release of policy analysis that examines the potential impact of Governor Malloy’s budget proposal to eliminate HUSKY A (Medicaid) eligibility in 2016-2017. This proposal affects parents of children who are enrolled in HUSKY A with incomes between 138-201 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and pregnant women with incomes between 138-263 percent of the FPL. HUSKY parents would instead be eligible to purchase federally subsidized private insurance through Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace, Access Health CT. The analysis, highlighted in the report, How Proposed HUSKY Cuts will Harm Low-Income Families, was commissioned by CT Health and conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Health Law and Economics.” >> Read more

LA Times: Blacks, Latinos lag behind whites; ‘leaving so many behind,’ report says – “Fueled by improvements in social justice and healthcare, African Americans and Latinos did better last year but are still behind when compared to whites, according to the latest comparison released Thursday by the National Urban League. In its 2015 Equality Index, the organization developed the rankings by comparing a host of data from federal agencies, including the Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and examined factors including income, education, unemployment rates, arrest rates, prison sentences and being targeted by hate crimes.” >> Read more

CT News Blog: How Proposed HUSKY Cuts Will Harm Low-Income Families – “Governor Malloy has proposed eliminating HUSKY eligibility for many parents and pregnant women. Under the Governor’s plan, coverage would be eliminated for parents with income between 138% and 201% of the federal poverty level, or about $28,000 to $40,000 for a family of three. HUSKY coverage would also be dropped for pregnant women with incomes between 138% and 263% of the poverty level, or about $28,000 to $52,000 for a family of three. These parents would be expected to purchase private health coverage through the health insurance Exchange established under federal health reform.” >> Read more

Kaiser Health News: Most Americans Unaware Obamacare Subsidies Are At Risk – “Despite months of news coverage, most people say they have heard little or nothing about a Supreme Court case that could eliminate subsidies helping millions of Americans afford coverage under the federal health law, according to a poll released Thursday. But when respondents were told about the case, King v. Burwell, about two-thirds said that if the court strikes down the subsidies, then Congress or state officials should step in to restore them, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)” >> Read more

Brookings Institute: Connecting EITC filers to the Affordable Care Act premium tax credit – “Filers who are likely to qualify for both the EITC and the premium credit include workers with low to moderate earned income (between one and four times the poverty line) who do not have access to affordable employer-based health coverage and who are not eligible for Medicaid under their state’s rules. To better understand the number and types of workers and families that are likely to be eligible for the EITC and ACA credits, and to inform outreach efforts moving forward, we used our MetroTax model to estimate the overlap between these two populations.” >> Read more

New Britain Herald: 110,000 in state enrolled for coverage – “ As of Feb. 22 there were 109,839 Connecticut residents enrolled in the government’s affordable health insurance coverage, a government report shows. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports show that 77 percent of the health care consumers, (85,015 people) qualified for financial assistance to help with the cost of monthly premiums. In Connecticut, 35,698 consumers under age 35 are signed up for coverage (33 percent of all plan selections compared to 31 percent of plan selections at the end of 2014 Open Enrollment).” >> Read more The criminal justice system makes black men sick, expert says – “As legislators consider prison reform in Alabama, a national expert on African-American health said the criminal justice system is a major source of health problems for black men. Mark Alexander, chair of health and wellness for 100 Black Men of America, delivered remarks Tuesday during UAB’s 10th annual Health Disparities Research Symposium. His organization is partnering with UAB’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center on a project to improve health among African-American men. Black men are incarcerated at a rate that is almost seven times higher than the rate for white men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Many prisoners suffer from mental illness, and many more develop mental illness as a result of incarceration, Alexander said. Overcrowded conditions and poor health care can cause outbreaks of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, which has spread in St. Clair Correctional Facility and other prisons. Prisoners are also more likely to have HIV and Hepatitis C, which can spread inside prisons.” >> Read more

Medical Xpress: Insuring undocumented residents could help solve multiple US health care challenges – “Latinos are the largest ethnic minority group in the United States, and it’s expected that by 2050 they will comprise almost 30 percent of the U.S. population. Yet they are also the most underserved by health care and health insurance providers. Latinos’ low rates of insurance coverage and poor access to health care strongly suggest a need for better outreach by health care providers and an improvement in insurance coverage. Although the implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 seems to have helped (approximately 25 percent of those eligible for coverage under the ACA are Latino), public health experts expect that, even with the ACA, Latinos will continue to have problems accessing high-quality health care.” >> Read more

Philanthropy News Digest: Racial Disparities Among Working Families Increasing, Report Finds – “Working families headed by racial/ethnic minorities are twice as likely to be poor or low-income as those headed by whites — a gap that has widened since the onset of the Great Recession, a report from the Working Poor Families Project finds. Based on an analysis of Census Bureau data, the report, Low-Income Working Families: The Racial/Ethnic Divide (17 pages, PDF), found that in 2013, 47.5 percent of working families headed by minorities were low-income — with household incomes below 200 percent of the official poverty level — compared with 22.6 percent among those headed by non-Hispanic whites, with the gap growing to nearly 25 percentage points from 23 points in 2007.” >> Read more
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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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