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Health Disparities Round-Up – May 2, 2014

iStock_000013612132SmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

The Washington Post: States that didn’t set up marketplaces see surge in health plan enrollment, figures show – “A last-minute deluge of health insurance sign-ups came from states where political leaders have opposed the Obama administration’s health-care law, according to federal figures released Thursday. In March and April, the number of people enrolling in plans more than doubled in the 36 states that chose not to set up their own marketplaces, the figures show. Most of these states deferred to the federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov, in a show of resistance to the program.” >> Read More

USA Today: CDC: Lifespan more to do with geography than genetics – “Living in the Southeast is bad for your health. There is a huge range in the death rates across American states, driven by public policy, regional habits and socioeconomics, Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday. “Your longevity and health are more determined by your ZIP code than they are by your genetic code,” he said.” >> Read More

CTPost.com: House passes bipartisan fix to health law – “The House approved bipartisan legislation Tuesday to exempt U.S. health plans sold to expatriate workers from having to comply with requirements under the Affordable Care Act. The measure, which passed 268-150, is aimed at helping U.S. insurance companies like Cigna and MetLife that are at a competitive disadvantage with foreign firms that do not have to comply with ACA requirements such as free preventive care and a ban on lifetime coverage limits.” >> Read More

HIT Consultant: Incorporating Better Functions into EHRs Will Help Reduce Health Disparities – “To advance the goal that federal health IT policy facilitates better care, better outcomes and lower costs for patients and families, the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) provided comments this week on the draft 2015 Edition of Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Criteria, released by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) in February. CPeH’s comments largely support the proposed rule, specifically its inclusion of patient- and family-centered criteria and key tenets of CPeH’s Disparities Action Plan.” >> Read More

Center for Advancing Health: Minorities Face Disparities in Treatment and Outcomes of Atrial Fibrillation – “Atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition where the heartbeat speeds up or becomes irregular, is not usually life-threatening but can lead to complications such as stroke and heart failure. Even though minorities historically have more risk factors for AF, they represent a smaller number of those diagnosed. A new study in Ethnicity and Disease finds significant differences in diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of AF between black and white patients.” >> Read More

HHS.gov : Press Release: Observing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – “In May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and recognize the many contributions of these diverse and culturally rich communities to the fabric of American life. The theme of the month is “I am Beyond,” a testament to the aspirations and spirit of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. While Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have made significant public health, scientific, and medical contributions to the nation’s health and well-being, these communities still face health disparities, such as disproportionately high rates of Hepatitis B and A and tuberculosis. Expanding access to health coverage is essential to attacking health disparities and improving health outcomes. For too long, far too many Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders lacked access to affordable health coverage.” >> 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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