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Health Disparities Roundup – July 5, 2013

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

Health Affairs Blog: Massachusetts Data Suggests States May See Large Medicaid ‘Welcome-Mat’ Effect – “In many states, a large share of the uninsured population is made up of those eligible for Medicaid but not enrolled. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, states — even those not expanding Medicaid eligibility — are likely to experience increased program participation. A new Health Affairs Web First study looks at Massachusetts’s 2006 health reform efforts to shed light on what states can expect in the months ahead.” >> Read More

NBC Latino: One-year extension for companies to implement health care law – “The Obama administration is delaying the implementation of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide coverage for their workers or pay penalties. The unexpected decision postpones the employer mandate of President Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul for one year until 2015.”  >> Read More

McKnight’s: Study links poor financial performance and ‘de facto’ nursing home segregation; raises questions about admissions – “Nursing homes with a high proportion of black residents tend to underperform financially, according to recently published research that raises difficult questions about admissions practices and healthcare disparities. The researchers, led by the University of Central Florida’s Latarsha Chisholm, Ph.D., analyzed 1999-2004 data for nearly 11,500 nursing homes. They found financial performance was worse in nursing homes that had predominantly black residents, as these residents are identified through Minimum Data Set questions regarding race.” >> Read More Poverty, Race Play Major Roles in Opioid Prescribing – “Black, Hispanic and poor patients in moderate to severe pain are less likely to receive opioid pain medications in emergency rooms across the U.S., according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Racial and ethnic disparities in health care treatment have already been well-documented, but researchers believe this is one of the first studies to investigate whether poverty, income and education levels also influence the prescription of opioid pain medications.” >> Read More

Public Health Newswire: Q&A: Public health law group explains ACA implementation – “Today is the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law which is predicted to expand health coverage to 25 million Americans by  2023. The ruling maintained the Prevention and Public Health Fund, the nation’s first mandatory funding stream dedicated to improving public health. Crucial parts of the law will take effect in the coming months, including the different ways Americans will access health services from state-to-state. In a webinar hosted by APHA, Corey Davis and Dipti Singh of the National Health Law Program — which works to protect the health rights of low income and underserved communities — discussed prominent finer points of the law, including the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid expansion, increased preventive services and the public health implications of ACA implementation. Read more from Davis and Singh as they discuss critical topics related to the law.” >> Read More

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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