Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.
AARP Voices: Three Simple Lifesaving Strategies for Good Health – “A recent survey conducted by AARP found that the top concern on the minds of African Americans over 50 is staying healthy. So as we come to the end of April, which is National Minority Health Month, we are spotlighting health disparities in the Black Community and how we can stay healthier and live longer.” >> Read more
CT Latino News: Latino Teens Have Higher Tendency to Suffer From Depression: “Depression among teenagers is a problem that impacts all segments of the population but especially is a concern among Connecticut’s Latino community whose young people manifest a greater tendency to consider and attempt suicide than the non-Hispanic members of their generation, according to state studies. The findings which emerged from the biennial youth risk behavior study that the state Department of Public Health last conducted in 2013 not only validate the need to address issues such as a disproportionate rate of suicide attempts by Hispanic females but also underscore the need for all parents, teachers and clinicians to be able to identify and treat teen depression. On May 7, public will have an opportunity to learn more about concerns such as teen suicide prevention as well as to engage in a dialogue a panel of experts in adolescent behavioral health.” >> Read more
Huffington Post: Health Disparities Impoverish Us All – “This April, we commemorate Minority Health Month — and this year, an important milestone: the 30th anniversary of Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret M. Heckler’s Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health. As Secretary Heckler explained in 1985, she hoped the study would “mark the beginning of the end” of the “continuing disparity in the burden of death and illness experienced by Black and other minority Americans.” Three decades later, we’ve made real strides in improving the health of minorities across the lifespan. In 1981, for example, the infant mortality rate of blacks was 20 per 1,000 live black births; by 2010, it had dropped to 11.46. In 1980, life expectancy for blacks was 68.1 years; by 2010, it had grown to 75.1.” >> Read more
All Tech Considered: The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits – “If you can live stream movies, why not live stream medical care? Insurance company UnitedHealthcare will start covering visits to the doctor’s office — via video chat. Patients and physicians talk live online — on smartphones, tablets or home computer — to get to a clinical diagnosis. This move to cybermedicine could save insurers a ton of money — or have unintended consequences.” >> Read more
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: Data Note: How Has the Individual Insurance Market Grown Under the Affordable Care Act? – “The individual (or “non-group”) insurance market has changed substantially under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Starting in 2014, the health law put in place new rules for what types of plans can be sold, required insurance companies to guarantee access to everyone regardless of health status, and limited the factors insurers could use in setting premiums. The law also created new Health Insurance Marketplaces, where low- and moderate- income consumers without access to other affordable coverage could obtain federal tax credits to help them pay their premiums. As of the end of open enrollment in 2014, 8 million people had signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces. Accounting for the fact that some of those people did not pay their premiums or subsequently dropped coverage – and for signups through special enrollment periods throughout the year – 6.7 million people were insured through marketplace plans as of October 15, 2014. However, it has been unclear precisely how many of these Marketplace enrollees were previously uninsured or how many would have purchased individual coverage directly from an insurer in the absence of the ACA.” >> Read more
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