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Health Disparities Round-Up – March 28, 2014

iStock_000001911688SmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

The CT Mirror: CT’s Latinos face hurdles in enrolling in Obamacare – “Washington – No group of people in Connecticut is more likely to be uninsured than the state’s Latinos, and Obamacare won’t change that. The Hispanic community is facing unique hurdles signing up for the Affordable Care Act. Some of those barriers were anticipated by both the Obama administration and administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.” >> Read More

New York Times: Deadline Near, Health Signups Show Disparity – “The disparities reveal a stark truth about the Affordable Care Act: With the first open enrollment period set to end Monday, six months after its troubled online exchanges opened for business, the program widely known as Obamacare looks less like a sweeping federal overhaul than a collection of individual ventures playing out unevenly, state to state, in the laboratories of democracy.” >> Read More

CT Latinos News: Video State Could Require Language Translators in Hospitals – “H.B. 5385 would require hospitals to provide language interpreters for non-English speaking patients.” >> Read More

Center for Advancing Health: Double Discrimination Impacts Physical and Mental Health – “Racial and sexual minorities, women, and obese people may face more health risks because of their disproportionate exposure to discrimination, according to a new report in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. “Discrimination is broadly understood as unfair treatment on the basis of one’s social group membership,” said study author Eric Anthony Grollman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Richmond in Virginia. “All of our important statuses collectively shape our experiences and our health.”” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: Connecticut A Top State For Signing Up Residents For Subsidized Health Coverage – “If the main goal of the Affordable Care Act was to insure more people by offering subsidized health plans, Connecticut has been one of the most successful states in the country. Of the estimated 109,000 people who qualified for tax credits to help pay for health insurance in Connecticut, 42,000 have signed up, according to a report released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.” >> Read More

UCONN Today: Helping the Uninsured – “As an employee of a local retail pharmacy, David Sugrue has seen firsthand people’s frustrations with their health insurance. So Sugrue, a UConn pharmacy graduate student, said he was naturally interested when offered an opportunity to help people enroll for health care coverage under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Connecticut’s health exchange, Access Health CT. After 45 hours of training in the new law and community outreach, Sugrue is one of nine UConn Assisters who have been dedicating their spare time to helping people obtain health insurance at the non-profit Access Community Action Agency in Willimantic, Conn.” >> Read More

CT Latino News: Health Insurance Deadline: What Happens Next? – “While state officials gear up for the last push to get residents enrolled under the Affordable Care Act for the upcoming March 31st deadline, many Latinos may wonder what happens if they don’t sign up for the exchange. “If they miss the deadline, I don’t believe it’s too much a fault of ours,”  said Kathleen Tallarita, spokesperson for Access Health CT, adding that, “We’ve been out there, telling people about it, and we hope they’re listening.”” >> 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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