Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.
NBC News: CDC Releases 1st Natl Study On Latino Health Risks, Causes Of Death – “The study noted that Hispanics are 50 percent more likely than non-Hispanic whites to succumb to liver disease and complications from diabetes. The CDC also found some slight differences in the leading causes of death among Latinos compared to whites. For Hispanics the top five are cancer, heart disease, unintentional injuries, stroke and diabetes. For non-Latino whites it’s heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, unintentional injuries and stroke.” >> Read more
The Wall Street Journal: Americans’ Health Priorities Diverge From Washington’s Focus on Obamacare – “Given the never-ending debate about the Affordable Care Act, you might think that when Americans are asked to name their top health priorities for the president and Congress, they would pick something related to Obamacare, whether it involves expanding the law, scaling it back, or repealing it. But it turns out the American people don’t live in the ACA bubble. Their top priority overwhelmingly, and on a bipartisan basis, was “making sure high cost drugs for chronic conditions were affordable for people who need them.” >> Read more
Kaiser Health New: A Matter Of Faith And Trust: Why African-Americans Don’t Use Hospice – “Even as end-of-life planning gains favor with more Americans, African-Americans, research shows, remain very skeptical of options like hospice and advance directives. The result can mean more aggressive, painful care at the end of life that prolongs suffering. Kaiser Health News correspondent Sarah Varney, working in collaboration with PBS NewsHour, examines why this disparity exists and what is being done to change it.” >> Read more
The CT Mirror: Obamacare special enrollment period draws 1,429 new customers – “More than 1,400 people signed up for health care coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange last month during a special enrollment period for those who paid a penalty on their taxes for not having coverage last year.” >> Read more