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Health Disparities Round-Up – October 24, 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.

Think Progress: Meet The People Whose Lives Have Been Transformed By Medicaid Expansion – “A large study in Oregon that tracked the effects of people gaining access to insurance found that getting that coverage made them feel healthier, happier, and more financially secure. There is limited evidence suggesting that when one member of a family lacks insurance, that may contribute to higher levels of familial stress. There’s also similar anecdotal evidence from some of the other people who are gaining insurance coverage under the health law for the first time in years.” Read More

TheUpshot: Only 11 Percent of Uninsured Know About Obamacare’s Next Open Enrollment – “This year, the big challenge for officials behind the Affordable Care Act may not be making the website work but getting customers to come shop in the first place. A new survey of people without health insurance highlights the challenge: It found that 89 percent of the people surveyed were unaware that open enrollment begins in November, or any time soon.” >> Read More

CT News Junkie: Nearly $1M In Outreach for Second Enrollment – “With the second round of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act approaching next month, Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace is budgeting nearly $1 million for outreach efforts to help consumers navigate the process. Access Health CT will spend $973,000 to prepare 450 individuals to help guide consumers throughout the enrollment process, according to figures provided this week by Kathleen Tallarita, the marketplace’s government and public affairs outreach manager.” >> Read More Connecticut’s Khadija Gurnah to be honored for work on ACA –“MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Middletown woman is being honored at the White House for her work helping to enroll people in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. Khadija Gurnah is program manager for the American Muslim Health Professionals’ ACA outreach and enrollment efforts. According to the White House, Gurnah helped the group launch the first national grassroots initiative of its kind in the Muslim American community. With a limited budget, AMHP mobilized 81 partners and ultimately helped to enroll thousands of people in health plans.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: Connecticut’s Obamacare plan options for 2015 – “Here’s a look at the standard plans sold through Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, for 2015. A few things to note: These are the templates for standard plans, meaning that they’ll be offered by each insurer (with the exception of the platinum plan, which only one insurer is selling). The carriers will also sell additional plans with unique designs. Most plans have a deductible, meaning that members have to pay a certain amount of money for their care before the insurance company begins chipping in. It’s important to pay attention to what services are subject to the deductible. In some plans, the deductible only applies for certain services, like hospitalization, and the insurance company will pay for other services from the start. In other plans, people will have to pay out of pocket for nearly all services until they fulfill the deductible.” >> 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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