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Health Disparities Round-Up – May 15, 2015

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

The Washington Post: 1 in 4 adults had insurance but still couldn’t afford medical care – “More than 1 in 4 adults who bought insurance for themselves or their families last year had to skip needed medical care because they couldn’t afford it, according to a study released Thursday by Families USA, a consumer health group. Some signed up for coverage on the new health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and received financial assistance to help pay their premiums and some of their out-of-pocket costs. Others bought their plans directly from insurance companies.” >> Read more

NBC Connecticut: Health Care Rates on Access Health CT May Go Up – “Four major health care providers that offer plans on Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace have filed for rate increases for the upcoming open enrollment period that begins Nov. 1, 2015. The proposals filed would not affect plans purchased for the 2015 coverage year. The following increases have been proposed: 2 percent for ConnectiCare, 6.7 percent for Anthem, 12.4 percent for United Healthcare and 13.96 percent for Healthy CT.” >> Read more In health, income has greater impact than race – “Being poor can have a bigger impact on your health than your race, according to a recent report by the Urban Institute. “Income is a driving force behind the striking health disparities that many minorities experience,” stated a recent report by the Urban Institute, a research group originally founded in 1968 to study the programs associated with the War on Poverty. And even though Blacks have higher rates of disease than Whites, “these differences are dwarfed by the disparities identified between high- and low-income populations within each racial/ethnic group,” the report said.” >> Read more

Capital Public Radio: For Limited English Speakers, Communication Can Get in the Way of Health Care – “It can be hard enough to understand everything doctors tell you, even when they speak your language. For limited or non-English speakers, language can be a barrier to good care. Federal and State laws require translation or some accommodation for limited English speakers. But people have uneven experiences communicating with health care providers.” >> Read more

Oncology Nurse Advisor: Racial disparity is narrowing in cancer mortality – “Cancer mortality remains significantly elevated among African Americans. Between 2000 and 2010, overall mortality from cancer decreased faster among African American women and men than among Caucasians. If current trends continue, racial disparities in cancer outcomes are expected to narrow further and might disappear over time. These findings were published in Frontiers in Public Health.” >>Read more

The CT Mirror: Can the state build a better system to get your medical records to your doctors? – “Connecticut’s lack of a health information exchange isn’t for lack of trying. Between 2010 and 2014, a quasi-public agency was tasked with developing one, using more than $4.3 million in federal funds. But the Health Information Technology Exchange of CT, known as HITE-CT, spent much of its existence in turmoil with its main vendor and never fulfilled its mission. Lawmakers last year eliminated the organization and handed its functions to the Department of Social Services, or DSS.” >> 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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