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Health Disparities Roundup – June 14, 2013

iStock_000014166788Small-210x195Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week. Enrolling in affordable health insurance – “The focus is on The Affordable Care Act, which mandates that most of us have health coverage. Enrollment for affordable health insurance begins in October. To shop for affordable health care, log onto the website of Access Health CT , beginning October 1st. It’s where eligible individuals, families and small businesses mandated to purchase or provide coverage under the Affordable Care Act, can compare rates.” >> Read More

Healio: Racial, ethnic disparities increased obesity risk in children – “Rick factors in infancy and early childhood may influence racial and ethnic disparities in children who are overweight and obese, according to recent study results published in JAMA Pediatrics. “Many early life risk factors for childhood obesity are more prevalent among blacks and Hispanics than among whites and may explain the higher prevalence among racial/ethnic minority children,” researchers wrote.” >> Read More

[email protected]: Internet Doctora: A Path to Closing Health Disparities? – “Wide access to health-related information and advice online is just the earliest portions of the potential of Internet-powered healthcare. The future of this emerging technology includes home-based care and monitoring for chronic (and expensive) diseases, access to doctors and nurses for real-time diagnoses of acute illnesses and access to far-away experts for even the most high-stakes procedures, for patients in remote areas. Internet-powered healthcare, and its cost-saving, health-promoting benefits hold special opportunities for Latinos, rural communities and those suffering health disparities in comparison to the rest of America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke are some of the leading causes of illness and death among Hispanics. The CDC reports Latinos were 1.5 percent more likely to die from diabetes than the general population. Those disparities cost families time and productivity, and drive health care costs skyward.” >> Read More

Kitsap Sun: Latin American doctors fill U.S. physician shortages – “t’s estimated that only 30 percent of U.S. doctors practice primary care. The Association of American Medical Colleges projects the country will face a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians by 2020, a figure that’s expected to grow to 130,000 by 2015.” >> Read More

Connecticut I-Health Team: Top Execs At “Big Five’’ Health Insurers Each Pull In Millions – “Compensation packages at corporations across all industries have come under close scrutiny in recent years. Pay generally is based on a company’s performance, but some critics question whether health care should be different. The system, they say, rewards executives for raising premiums, reducing coverage and denying claims in order to strengthen their bottom line. “The thing about health care is we’re dealing with people’s lives. There’s an economic dimension and a moral dimension,” said Janet Davenport, vice president for communications at the Universal Health Care Foundation in Meriden. When pay is tied to financial performance, doing well means saving money by denying claims, she said.” >> Read More

Fox News Latino: California Latinos Top Obama’s Health Care Pitch – “The Obama administration is looking for about seven million people to enroll through the exchanges, and 2.6 million of them need to be younger in order to keep costs down for the overall pool of enrollees, officials said.” >> Read More

BET: African-Americans Remain Hardest Hit By Medical Bills – “For many years, high medical bills have been a leading cause of financial distress and bankruptcy in America. That pressure may be easing ever so slightly, according to a survey released earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But 1 in 5 Americans still face hardships due to medical costs — and African-Americans continue to be the hardest hit. A poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health found that 24 percent of African-American families say they’ve had problems paying for needed prescription drugs. The poll is part of NPR’s ongoing series, The View From Black America.” >> 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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