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Health Disparities Roundup – August 30, 2013

iStock_000012255433XSmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

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: Americans Hear More About Health Law, But Not From Most-Trusted Sources – “The public’s awareness of new marketplaces is growing, but potential customers are getting much of their information about the health law from sources they don’t trust very much,  according to a poll released Wednesday. Starting Oct. 1, people lacking insurance can begin enrolling in plans through online marketplaces, also called exchanges, which will be run by the federal government, 16 states and the District of Columbia. About 7 million people next year will get coverage under these policies, which take effect Jan. 1, according to the Congressional Budget Office.  By 2017 that number is expected to grow to 24 million people.” >> Read More

the ct mirror: Easier enrollment process could mean thousands more with coverage under Obamacare, researchers say – “Researchers from the Urban Institute tried to quantify the significance of having an easier enrollment process for private insurance and Medicaid as the federal health reform law takes effect, expanding health care coverage to many of the state’s nearly 338,000 uninsured residents. Their work was commissioned by the Connecticut Health Foundation. The federal health law is expected to expand coverage by creating a new marketplace for people to buy private insurance, often at discounted rates, and expanding eligibility for Medicaid. The two types of coverage are run by different agencies: the marketplace, known as Access Health CT, and DSS, which handles Medicaid.” >> Read More

Nonprofit Quarterly: Racial Disparities in Health Care: The New Frontier for Civil Rights – “On the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, the evolution of civil rights in the U.S. has vaulted healthcare to the forefront of issues enveloped in this nation’s persistent racial disparities. Among the empirically verifiable indicators of healthcare disparities one finds evidence that doctors consistently refer black patients to lower-quality hospitals, that black men are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than white men, that blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to have diabetes, that infant mortality rates for blacks are 1.5 to three times as high as for whites, that there are significantly higher rates of advanced breast cancer diagnoses among blacks, that limb amputations are more than 4.7 times as likely among black patients than white patients, and many more. While some of these disparities might also be related to income, education, and geography, the disparities consistently show up as lower healthcare outcomes for blacks.” >> Read More

NBC Connecticut: Clinic Gets Boost from Affordable Care Act – “A Danbury health care clinic is getting a big financial boost from the federal government thanks to the Affordable Care Act. $2.7 million will help to train future primary care physicians over the next three years.” >> Read More

Detroit Free Press: Health disparities emerge on modern civil rights front – “”Health disparities certainly are a civil rights issue, and while each person has the responsibility to care for themselves by eating right and exercising, it is clear that African-Americans do not have equal access to health care,” said Bobby Hilton, senior pastor of Word of Deliverance, Forest Park, and president of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the National Action Network, a civil rights group founded in 1991 by Al Sharpton and sponsor of the day-long march today in Washington.” >> Read More

Vital Signs: Patients care what their electronic health data is used for, survey shows – “Patients do care about what becomes of their health information after it’s used for their treatment, and they care more about what it’s used for than who’s using it. That’s according to a survey report published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association summarizing research aimed to measure patient preferences about sharing their electronic health information for so-called “secondary uses.” >> 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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