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Health Disparities Round-Up – September 19, 2014

iStock_000028250118Small(1)Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

The CT Mirror: Exchange says Obamacare helped close racial, ethnic coverage gaps – “Black and Hispanic Connecticut residents were more likely than others to be uninsured before the rollout of the federal health law, and new data suggest that the first sign-up period for coverage under Obamacare made a dent in that disparity. The data, based on a survey of people who signed up for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange, also show that close to three-quarters of enrollees have used their coverage to obtain medical care. Among those who bought private insurance through the exchange, 76 percent said they have a primary-care physician, as did 66 percent of Medicaid enrollees.” >> Read More

Washington Post: Millions have joined Medicaid under Obamacare. Here’s what they think of it. – “The Medicaid program, already the nation’s largest insurer, has quickly added millions to its rolls since the start of Obamacare’s coverage expansion. And it appears that Medicaid enrollees are generally happy to have coverage, though many are encountering roadblocks to receiving the care they want, according to new research that provides one of the earliest insights into people’s experiences under the expanded health insurance program for low-income Americans.” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: Access Health CT Survey: More Than Half Of Enrollees Were Uninsured – “More than half of households who signed up for health coverage through Connecticut’s public exchange in late 2013 and early 2014 did not have health insurance, according to a new survey. In the year before signing up for a plan on Access Health CT, 54 percent of households did not have health insurance, according to a survey conducted by The Pert Group and commissioned by the exchange. The two-part telephone survey of 6,015 Access Health CT users included 3,015 who enrolled in a private health insurance plan and 3,000 who enrolled in Medicaid. The margin of error for the survey is 1.2 percent.” >> Read More

LA Times: Poverty rate posts 1st notable drop since ’06; Latinos show big strides – “The poorest Americans, particularly those who are Latino, finally are showing signs of joining in the economic recovery as the nation’s poverty rate dropped significantly last year for the first time since 2006. The improving labor market drove the decrease in the rate to 14.5% from 15%, which was near the highest level in a generation, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. The number of people with year-round, full-time jobs rose by about 2.8 million to 105.8 million last year. The increase included nearly a million households with children under 18 years old, helping fuel the first significant drop in the child poverty rate in more than a decade.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: Access Health plans much smaller enrollment assistance effort this time – “To reach Connecticut’s remaining uninsured and help existing customers maintain their coverage when the second Obamacare enrollment period begins in two months, Connecticut’s health insurance exchange is planning an in-person outreach effort that’s a fraction of last year’s nearly $3 million sign-up blitz. Critics say it’s inadequate for ensuring that Connecticut continues to reduce the number of uninsured residents, while a top exchange official says it’s appropriately targeted.” >> Read More

CT Post: Census: About 9 percent in state uninsured in 2013 – “About 9 percent of Connecticut residents lack health insurance — one of the lowest uninsured rates in the country, figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau show. However, the number of uninsured in the state has risen slightly over the past few years, while the national rate has fallen. The census data, which comes from its American Community Survey, showed that 14.5 percent of Americans, or 45.2 million people, were uninsured in 2013. That’s a slight dip from 2012, when 14.8 percent of the population was uninsured. In Connecticut, 9.4 percent of state residents — or 333,000 people — were uninsured, up from 9.1 percent (322,000 people) in 2012, and 8.8 percent (305,000) in 2009.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: What new numbers on the uninsured do, and don’t, tell us about Obamacare – “New figures released by the federal government Tuesday indicate that the number of people without health insurance dropped in early 2014, the first year the major provisions of the federal health law took effect. But as with other data released so far this year on health insurance, it’s too early to provide a complete, or exact, picture of what impact Obamacare has had on coverage in Connecticut or the nation as a whole.” >> 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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