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Health Disparities Round-Up – October 10, 2014

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

Fox News Latino: Americans living longer than ever; Latino death rates lower than for blacks or whites, CDC finds – “Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell. Rates also dropped or held steady for nearly all the leading causes of death. The one exception: The suicide rate reached its highest point in 25 years. That figure has been increasing since 2000, and “it’s really hard to say why,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention branch that issued the report Wednesday.” >> Read More

New America Media: Lack of Asian-Language Materials on Exchanges Leaves Many AAPIs Uninsured, Say Advocates – “The lack of Asian-language materials on health care exchanges has left hundreds of thousands of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders uninsured, according to a report released last month by Action for Health Justice (AHJ). “Sixty percent of our population are foreign-born and face language barriers and are in a range of immigration statuses,” notes Doreena Wong, project director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles’ Health Access Project, one of 70 community-based organizations and federally qualified health centers that are a part of AHJ. Yet, she says, “Very little, if any, resources were directed to our communities. We were not given in-person assistance funds and many of our groups didn’t receive navigator funds.”” >> Read More

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: In States That Don’t Expand Medicaid, Who Gets New Coverage Assistance Under the ACA and Who Doesn’t?“Millions of women, minorities, young adults and those with low incomes are ineligible for any health insurance assistance because their state opted not to expand Medicaid.” >> Read More

Medical Xpress: Support for Medicaid expansion strong among low-income adults – “Low-income adults overwhelmingly support Medicaid expansion and think the government-sponsored program offers health care coverage that is comparable to or even better in quality than private health insurance coverage, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: Foundations chip in to help people sign up for Obamacare – “Three foundations plan to pay for about 35 people to conduct “shoe leather” outreach to help Connecticut residents sign up for health care coverage during the second round of open enrollment under Obamacare, which begins Nov. 15. The workers are intended to supplement a sign-up effort by the state’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, that critics worry won’t be enough to reach the remaining uninsured. During the previous enrollment period, which began last fall, Access Health used federal and foundation funding to run an outreach program that included 239 “in-person assisters” from community organizations, who publicized the health law and helped people sign up.” >> Read More

The Root:  How the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Hopes to Heal America’s Race Problem – “The health care system, abuse of power by law enforcement and residential segregation all have a structural component in common, and that context has often been missing from the conversation among those trying to come to terms with the injustices in the U.S.”  >> Read More

Yale School of Public Health: Racial Health Disparities can Undermine Dreams of Home Ownership for African-Americans – “Racial inequities in health intersect with other factors such as wealth inequalities, the recession and subprime lending, to increase foreclosure risk for African-American homeowners, a new study lead by a Yale School of Public Heath researcher has found.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: Obamacare worry: Unexpected tax bills for those with discounted insurance “Nearly 60,000 Connecticut residents get discounted health insurance as part of Obamacare. And officials are worried that some of them could get hit with an unexpected tax bill next year. The reason: The subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people buy health insurance are actually tax credits, paid in advance to insurance companies, based on each person’s income. If their income increases, the tax credit they’re entitled to gets smaller. But the federal government won’t lower its payments to insurers until people report the change in income.” >> 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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