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Health Disparities Round-Up – October 17, 2014

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

Kaiser Health News: Even With Insurance, Language Barriers Could Undermine Asian Americans’ Access To Care – “Efforts to enroll Asian Americans in the health law’s marketplace plans have generally been touted as a success, but because coverage details are provided primarily in English or Spanish, those who depend on their native languages have encountered roadblocks as they try to use this new insurance. About 35 percent of Asian Americans have limited English proficiency, according to a September report from the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.” >> Read More

Colorlines: Despite Obamacare Advances, Racial Health Disparities for Women of Color Abound – “Black women have worse health outcomes than women overall in unique areas, like hypertension and infant mortality. For all 38 states that self-reported data on the topic, black women have an infant morality rate that’s at least 20 percent higher than it is for women overall, according to the report. In seven states, black women post an infant mortality rate double what women overall experience. Diabetes in particular is a problem that has a disproportionate impact on Latinas and Asian women, and Native American women experience higher rates of asthma than women overall do.” >> Read More

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: States Expanding Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act Expect 18% Enrollment Growth in Fiscal Year 2015, With Federal Funds Picking Up Most of the Cost – “States expect the number of people enrolled in Medicaid will increase an average of 13.2 percent across the country in state fiscal year 2015 (which runs through June in most states), showing the early effects of the first full year of Affordable Care Act implementation, according to the 14th annual 50-State Medicaid budget survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU).” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: Wheeler Clinic Gala Honors Health Advocates For The Underserved – “Five individuals and organizations were honored Saturday night for their efforts to build health equity in underserved communities. The honorees were Patricia Baker, president and CEO, Connecticut Health Foundation; Kurt Barwis, president and CEO, Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group, Inc.; Christopher Dadlez, president and CEO, Saint Francis Care; Louise Murphy, president, Aetna Behavioral Health, Aetna; and Dick Salmon, national medical director for performance management and improvement, Cigna.” >> Read More

The Upshot: Medicaid, Often Criticized, Is Quite Popular With Its Customers – “Low-income people in three Southern states were recently asked whether they preferred Medicaid or private insurance. Guess which one they picked? A study published in the journal Health Affairs found that poor residents of Arkansas, Kentucky and Texas, when asked to compare Medicaid with private coverage, said that Medicaid offered better “quality of health care” and made them better able to “afford the health care” they needed. Medicaid, the federal-state program for poor and disabled Americans, is a frequent political target, often described as substandard because of its restricted list of doctors and the red tape — sometimes even worse than no insurance at all.” >> Read More Health department opens equity office – “It’s long been known that members of some racial and ethnic minorities are more susceptible to contracting or dying from certain illnesses. For instance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported in 2007 that black men were 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic white men. Black adults of both genders are 40 percent more likely to have high blood pressure and 10 percent less likely than their white counterparts to have their blood pressure under control.” >> Read More A Quarter of Latinos Are Still Uninsured – “Fifty-six percent of noncitizen immigrants in the U.S. are Latino, many of whom are in the country illegally and are not eligible to purchase health insurance through the health exchanges, even if they can afford to pay. Nationwide, 25 percent of Latinos do not have health insurance. Naturalized citizens from Latin America fare better than noncitizens; 21 percent are uninsured, compared to 49 percent of other Latin American immigrants who are not citizens. (About 14 percent of all U.S. residents do not have insurance.) Overall, children are more likely to have health insurance, thanks to a number of safety net programs, including Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor, and the federal Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Despite this, Latino children are more than twice as likely as white children to be uninsured, according to the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization based in Washington. One in six Hispanic children does not have health coverage.” >> Read More

The Washington Times: Hispanics want Obamacare for illegal immigrant ‘dreamers’ – “Top Hispanic leaders asked President Obama last week to grant some illegal immigrants access to Obamacare, saying the “dreamers” to whom the White House has given tentative work permits are already paying taxes, so they deserve government benefits.” >> Read More

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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