Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.
Urban Institute: The Combined Effect of Not Expanding Medicaid and Losing Marketplace Assistance – “As of April 2015, 21 states have chosen not to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. All but one of those states have also chosen to rely on federally facilitated marketplaces. If the Supreme Court finds for the plaintiff in King v. Burwell, the combined effect of not expanding Medicaid and losing federal support for marketplace coverage for the low-income population would be dramatic for the 20 states affected by both decisions. In total, 9.8 million people would be uninsured who would have otherwise been insured. Assuming that marketplace financial assistance is not replaced and assuming those states do not choose to expand Medicaid, the total loss in federal spending from 2016 to 2025 would be $721 billion.” >> Read more
WNCN: More African-American organ donors needed – “Diabetes and hypertension are just two of the chronic diseases that are found in African Americans at a higher rate. With that comes more organ failure and the need for transplants. While Rudolph needed a heart transplant, of the 1,900 African Americans waiting on transplants in the state, 95 percent are waiting for a kidney.” >> Read more
Department of Health and Human Services: The Affordable Care Act is Improving Access to Preventive Services for Millions of Americans – “Today, about 137 million Americans have private insurance coverage of preventive services without cost sharing—including over 55 million women.” >> Read more
Medical Xpress: Mental health care access for teens improving, but less for communities with disparities – “Adults’ perceptions of healthcare availability were much different in communities where respondents perceived some or many racial/ethnic inequities. In these communities, just 35 percent of adults saw lots of availability for teens to get mental health care in 2014, up from 24 percent in 2012. For the communities with few or no racial/ethnic inequities, 54 percent of adults perceived lots of availability for mental health care for teens, an improvement from 39 percent in 2012.” >> Read more
Trend CT: Connecticut has more concentrated poverty (and wealth) than most metros – “Wealth and poverty are highly concentrated in Connecticut — more so than in many other large metropolitan areas. And often, those neighborhoods are racially and economically segregated from each other. For example, 27 percent of top-earning households live in neighborhoods that are predominantly white and wealthy. In other large metropolitan areas, it’s just 10 percent. Poor residents in greater Hartford and greater New Haven are just as likely to live in an extremely poor, predominantly minority neighborhood as those in greater Detroit or greater Philadelphia.” >> Read more
The CT Mirror: Access Health increases fee on insurers – “The board of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange approved a 22 percent hike in the fee it charges insurers to help fund its operations, a cost that’s likely to be passed on to insurance customers.” >> Read more