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Health Disparities Round-Up – November 14, 2014

iStock_000021869274Small(1)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: Millions of children on Medicaid missing their free checkups, watchdog says – “Millions of low-income children are missing the free preventive exams and screenings guaranteed by Medicaid, and the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to fix the problem, according to a federal watchdog report. The report, released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG), says the administration has boosted rates of participation but must do more to ensure that children get the regular wellness exams, dental checkups, and vision and hearing tests. The report notes that 63 percent of children on Medicaid received at least one medical screening in 2013, up from 56 percent in 2006, but still far below the department’s 80 percent goal.” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: Give People A Hand Up With Health Insurance – “Connecticut did an great job of rolling out Obamacare this past year by getting people health insurance through its website But 147,000 people remain uninsured. This state could make signing up easier by simplifying the website where people can shop for health insurance and enroll in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Enrollment for Year 2 of Obamacare starts Saturday and runs for three months. Those who signed up last year can renew or change plans during this time. (The costs may have changed for some.)” >> Read More

NBC News: Though More Latinos Are Insured, Many Still Unfamiliar With Health Law – “About a third of Latinos asked about their familiarity with the act, also known as Obamacare, said they were not at all familiar with it and almost one in five said they were not very familiar with it, in a sweeping survey of Latinos funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and conducted by Latino Decisions. However, a whopping three-fourths said they already had health insurance, a share that coincides with the estimated 25 percent of Latinos ages 19-64 considered to still be uninsured.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: Obamacare: Who’s still uninsured in CT, and why? – “A national poll last month released by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 89 percent of the uninsured were unaware that the next open enrollment period would begin in November. Two-thirds said they knew nothing or “only a little” about marketplaces people can use to shop for insurance if they don’t get coverage through their job, one of the key provisions of Obamacare. And 53 percent of the uninsured didn’t know that the law makes available financial assistance to help low- and moderate-income people buy insurance. Still, the findings indicated that the uninsured could be reachable: 59 percent said they expected to get insurance. Those who didn’t said they didn’t think they would be able to find a plan they could afford, didn’t want to be forced to buy anything, would rather pay a fine, or didn’t think they needed coverage.” >> Read More

CT Admin. dials back goal for health law sign-ups – “With sign-up season launching this weekend, officials sharply dialed down expectations Monday for the second year of President Barack Obama’s health insurance law. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said she’s aiming to have 9.1 million paying customers enrolled in 2015 for subsidized private coverage through and state insurance markets. That’s more than now, but well below the 13 million that the Congressional Budget Office had projected.” >> Read More

WNPR: Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Begins This Week – “This efforts are focused on ten towns — many of them clustered around Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport. The people he’s trying to reach tend to be younger, male, and of Hispanic or African American descent. But they are also harder to reach — they don’t necessarily read the big daily newspapers or watch mainstream TV.  So, this year, Madrak is focusing on community newspapers, TV, and radio ads.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: Four things to watch during Obamacare open enrollment – “How many people will sign up, and who are they? In addition to the overall numbers, there are a few key groups to watch. Among them: The uninsured: Access Health estimates there are about 140,000 state residents without health insurance, and has set a goal of enrolling a quarter of them. Experts say it will be harder to sign up the remaining uninsured, since those who were easiest to reach already have signed up, and because this year’s outreach effort is smaller than the previous one. The exchange’s research says many of the remaining uninsured are minorities and living in cities, and it plans to target them with advertising on networks like BET and during NFL games, and with in-person enrollment assistance in Hartford, Bridgeport, Willimantic and other places where many residents lack insurance.” >> 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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