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Health Disparities Round-Up – March 7, 2014

iStock_000023821126SmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Fox News: Complex Medicaid And Medicare Eligibility Issues Mired In Controversial Immigration Debate – “People typically mix up Medicare and Medicaid, the former guarantees access to health care insurance for senior citizens, while the latter provides health care to low-income families. As if that’s complicated enough, the fact that both programs are now getting entangled in the ever-thorny national immigration debate is likely to muddy the waters even more.” >> Read More

The Bay State Banner: Continuing unresolved racial bias – “Conservatives have two basic reasons for their opposition to government programs that benefit lower-income citizens. The first is that financial support for the programs will come from taxing the affluent. The second is that the beneficiaries of entitlements will lose their motivation to become independent and self-reliant. However, some African Americans believe that there is a third less-publicized objection. Prosperous Americans are usually not enthusiastic about their taxes being used to contribute to the financial welfare of blacks, who are disproportionately represented among the poor. Historical evidence suggests that this opinion of African Americans has considerable merit.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: For some new Medicaid clients, delays getting care, prescriptions – “Margaret Hagins felt like crying when she learned she’d qualify for Medicaid under the federal health law. Even now, four months later, she chokes up when she talks about it. Having coverage means she no longer has to figure out how to pay for enough pills to keep her bipolar disorder in control, or choose between buying food, paying bills or filling her prescriptions. In theory, Hagins, like thousands of other Connecticut residents, got Medicaid coverage Jan. 1, the date the program expanded as part of the law commonly known as Obamacare. But for close to six weeks, she said she couldn’t use it or get a prescription paid for because she didn’t have a Medicaid card.” >> Read More

The Middletown Press: Hypertension in Connecticut: Disparities widen for black women – “Hypertension rates among women in all eight Connecticut counties increased from 2001 to 2009, with disparities widening for African-American women compared to whites and Hispanics, according to a C-HIT analysis of data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. In fact, nearly one out of every two African-American women living in Connecticut suffers from hypertension, a life-threatening condition that can lead to heart attack, stroke and kidney disease, research shows.” >> Read More

Public News Service: Report: Costly Health Disparities Endanger Illinois Children –  “The Illinois Kids Count 2014 report released today highlights the good and the bad when it comes to the well being of children. The state ranks fifth in the country in the number of children with health insurance, which Gaylord Gieseke, president of Voices for Illinois Children, says is thanks to the combination of Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Illinois’ All Kids insurance program. But she says the report does find some troubling patterns.” >> 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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