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Health Disparities Roundup – July 26, 2013

iStock_000024599005XSmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

New York Times: Speaking Out for Health Care Act, Obama Says Millions Will Get Rebates – “President Obama, slipping back into his episodic role as a vigorous campaigner for his new health care act, said Thursday that thanks to the law, more than 8.5 million Americans are getting rebates this summer from their insurance providers. Mr. Obama was joined by families who have benefited from a provision in the law, which requires health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of the revenue from premiums on medical care rather than on administrative costs. Insurers who fail to meet that benchmark must reimburse customers, a process that began in 2012.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Black Health Rx: Finding A Cure For America’s Health Disparities – “Why is it, for example, that childhood obesity rates for African-American kids currently top 25 percent, compared to nearly 15 percent for whites? Why is it that African-American adults are twice as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes? Why are one in five African Americans uninsured? And why is it that black women in America are 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women today? These problems are much bigger than genetics. And they’re disparities that cost the country somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.24 trillion every four years.” Read More

New York Times: In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters – “The study — based on millions of anonymous earnings records and being released this week by a team of top academic economists — is the first with enough data to compare upward mobility across metropolitan areas. These comparisons provide some of the most powerful evidence so far about the factors that seem to drive people’s chances of rising beyond the station of their birth, including education, family structure and the economic layout of metropolitan areas.”  >> Read More

Huffington Post:  Moving Beyond Healthcare Reform toward Health Equity – “To achieve health equity, we must first stamp out the health disparities  that continue to persist, especially in minority communities. These disparities trigger worse health outcomes, lower quality of life, and higher rates of illness and death. The ACA responds to this challenge by creating new  opportunities for affordable health insurance, an important piece of the puzzle, but one that does not in and of itself address the underlying and deep rooted causes of health disparities.”  >> Read More

Washington PostMichelle Obama asks Latino activists to help sign up millions for health care program – “Michelle Obama urged Latino activists on Tuesday to help sign people up for her husband’s health care overhaul, especially the millions of younger, healthier people the system will need to offset the cost of caring for older, sicker consumers. The first lady said that, starting July 31, consumers can create an account at , or , its Spanish-language equivalent, so they can get ready to sign up for health insurance in the fall, starting on Oct. 1.” >> Read More

National Monitor: Homicide, heart disease shorten black life expectancy – “Since 1900, life expectancy in the U.S. has shown consistent improvement.  According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), life expectancy in 2010 was 78.7 years, which was an improvement of 11% since 1970.  However, disparities in life expectancy by race continue to exist.” >> Read More

ABC News: Wrong Zip Code Can Mean Shorter Life Expectancy – “Wrong Zip Code Can Mean Shorter Life Expectancy – “A series of maps recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest U.S. philanthropy organization devoted to public health, was designed to draw attention to the fact that, in many cities, different neighborhoods can have vastly different life expectancies, some on par with the life expectancies of developing countries.” >> Read More

Slate: Why Is the United States So Sick? – “The poorer outcomes in the United States are reflected in measures as varied as infant mortality, the rate of teen pregnancy, traffic fatalities, and heart disease. Even those with health insurance, high incomes, college educations, and healthy lifestyles appear to be sicker than their counterparts in other wealthy countries. The U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank, described the report as “a catalog of horrors.” Findings that prompted this reaction include the fact that the rate of premature births in the United States is the highest among the comparison countries and more closely resembles those of sub-Saharan Africa. Premature birth is the most frequent cause of infant death in the United States, and the cost to the health care system is estimated to top $26 billion a year.” >> 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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