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Health Disparities Round-Up – October 31, 2014

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

New York Times: Obama’s Health Law: Who Was Helped Most – “We know that about 10 million more people have insurance coverage this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act. But until now it has been difficult to say much about who was getting that coverage — where they live, their age, their income and other such details. Now a large set of data — from Enroll America, the group trying to sign up people for the program, and from the data firm Civis Analytics — is allowing a much clearer picture. The data shows that the law has done something rather unusual in the American economy this century: It has pushed back against inequality, essentially redistributing income — in the form of health insurance or insurance subsidies — to many of the groups that have fared poorly over the last few decades. The biggest winners from the law include people between the ages of 18 and 34; blacks; Hispanics; and people who live in rural areas. The areas with the largest increases in the health insurance rate, for example, include rural Arkansas and Nevada; southern Texas; large swaths of New Mexico, Kentucky and West Virginia; and much of inland California and Oregon.” >> Read More

CTPost.com: Grant will bolster health assister program – “When people never before had health insurance, it can seem like a foreign language. To help bridge that information gap, last year the federal government funded in-person assisters whose job it was to walk people through enrolling in the health insurance exchanges set up around the country as part of the Affordable Care Act. But earlier this year, it was announced that assister programs would be substantially cut back for this enrollment period, due to a lack of federal funding. In Connecticut alone, the state’s health insurance exchange announced it was cutting back the number of assisters from the more than 230 last year to about 40.” >> Read More

The Atlantic: Should Obamacare Help Pay for Housing? – “The federal government will spend $931 billion on the Medicaid expansion between now and 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Some of that money will be spent taking care of homeless people like Barnes, who can be particularly expensive to treat. Homelessness exacerbates all kinds of diseases, including diabetes. Those without homes are three to six times more likely to get ill than housed people. Homelessness also makes it more difficult for people with mental health and substance abuse issues to get treatment. One of the best ways to keep homeless people healthy, studies have found, is to give them somewhere to live—the so-called “housing first” model, which gets the homeless off the streets and saves hospitals money in caring for them.” >> Read More

New York Times: Is the Affordable Care Act Working? – “After a year fully in place, the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama’s main promises, an analysis by a team of reporters and data researchers shows. But it has also fallen short in some ways and given rise to a powerful conservative backlash.” >> Read More

SheltonHerald.com: CT’S HEALTH GAP: ‘Where you live can be good, or bad, for your health’ – “In Connecticut, where you live is a strong determinant of how healthy or unhealthy your family is, and who bears the biggest burden of chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. A new program is about to be launched to address this inequity.Beginning this month, two of the state’s leading public health associations and the Connecticut Department of Public Health will host a series of educational forums for decision-makers to highlight the public health consequences of Connecticut’s housing patterns. Participants will include state lawmakers, developers, and local land-use and community development officials.” >> Read More

CT News Junkie: Latinos Refuse To Be Ignored – “Specifically, the Hispanic Federation, which includes 11 local organizations, released a list of 125 recommendations for Connecticut’s next governor. The recommendations include ways the state can better support Latino-centered nonprofit organizations, improving education, supporting healthy lifestyles by recognizing serious health disparities exist between Latinos and the general population, helping new immigrants “integrate, and contribute and succeed in Connecticut,” and improve economic security through a number of job programs.” >> 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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