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Health Disparities Roundup – August 9, 2013

239351912_5fb1e6fd46_oJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Los Angeles Times: Latinos are focus of grass-roots outreach on Affordable Care Act – “More than half of Latinos don’t understand the Affordable Care Act, according to a recent survey by Latino Decisions, an opinion polling organization. The percentage is higher among those who speak mostly Spanish, the survey found. Officials note that enrolling Latinos, who tend to be younger and healthier than the general population, will be critical to balancing out the increased costs of coverage for older, sicker people.” >> Read More

The Washington Informer: The ACA Difference: Providing Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Children – “With the passage of the Affordable Care Act insurers would be unable to exclude children from needed coverage or care by extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program. ACA also: Extends federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through September 30, 2015, and provides states with additional funding to ensure children have access to this proven successful program. Increases outreach and enrollment grants to help reach more eligible children.” >> Read More

U.S News: Black Infants in U.S. Twice as Likely to Die as Whites: CDC – “(HealthDay News) — Survival odds for black American infants are considerably worse than for white babies, a new U.S. study finds. Despite a steady decline in overall infant death rates, black infants are nearly twice as likely to die before their first birthday compared to white babies, and premature black infants are three times more likely to die during their first year than premature white babies, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” >> Read More

Kaiser Family Foundation: What is Medicaid’s Impact on Access to Care, Health Outcomes, and Quality of Care? Setting the Record Straight on the Evidence – “Medicaid, the nation’s main public health insurance program for low-income people, now covers over 65 million Americans – more than 1 in every 5 – at least some time during the year. The program’s beneficiaries include many of the most disadvantaged individuals and families in the U.S. in terms of poverty, poor health, and disability. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided for a broad expansion of Medicaid to cover millions of low-income uninsured adults whom the program has historically excluded. However, as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision on the ACA, the Medicaid expansion is, in effect, a state option. Almost half the states are moving forward with the Medicaid expansion. But the others, which are home to half the uninsured adults who could gain Medicaid coverage under the ACA, have decided not to expand Medicaid at this time or are still debating the issue.” >> Read More

The Age National: Maximising return on health dollar investment – “While we may take it for granted, social determinants of health which can contribute to these inequalities are everywhere in our daily existence. These include the quality of education we receive as children, the quality of neighbourhoods in which we grow up, the built environment, access to public transport, shops and services and surrounding ourselves with infrastructure that is conducive to physical activity and does not privilege the car. The need to improve daily living conditions and tackle the inequitable distribution of power, money and resources can be addressed through what he labels the ‘best buys’ in the field of the social determinants of health, Professor Kawachi says.” >> 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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