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Health Disparities Roundup – June 7, 2013

iStock_000015602916XSmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

NationalJournal: Separate and Unequal Access to Health Care? – “While black patients live closer to high-quality facilities, they are still more likely to get care in low-quality facilities. This is true even for black patients who live within five miles of a good hospital. And the more segregation there is in a given area, the more this is true. ‘Black patients living in regions with high degrees of racial segregation were even more likely … to undergo surgery in low-quality hospitals.’” >> Read More

PR Newswire: 10 Things You Need to Know about Health Insurance Exchanges – “Starting October 1, more than 350,000 of Connecticut’s uninsured will have the opportunity to receive health insurance coverage, many for the first time.  Although it seems like months away, smart shoppers will want to know as much as possible as soon as possible. Access Health CT, one of the first federally approved state exchanges formed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is committed to educating people about the enrollment process and their choices.  This is especially timely in light of a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation that reports the public actually knows less about the ACA now than when it passed in 2010.  As part of its education effort, Access Health CT has been holding Healthy Chat town hall meetings with residents across the state to answer their questions and get their input.” >> Read More

HIT Consultant: 1 in 5 Americans Will Purchase Benefits Through Health Insurance Exchanges by 2017 – “According to a new Accenture Research survey, nearly 1 in 5 Americans will purchase benefits from health insurance exchanges by 2017, transforming the health insurance landscape. Conducted in March of this year, the Accenture survey entitled, “Are You Ready? Private Health Insurance Exchanges Are Looming” assessed 2,000 consumers between the ages of 18 and 64 who received health insurance through their employer or other affiliation, their significant other, or individually.” >> Read More

redOrbit: Obesity Higher For Kids Whose Schools Are Near Fast Food Chains – “Obesity is an epidemic that affects millions around the world. What’s worse, children are often particularly vulnerable to the dangers that come with being significantly overweight. In the US, studies show that race and socioeconomic status is a major factor in childhood obesity, with African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans being the most likely to be obese. A new study from Baylor University has found that these groups are especially at risk when fast food restaurants are located near their schools. Minority students were also found to be less active than students who attended a school without fast food options so readily available.” >> Read More

Health Affairs Blog: Racial Disparities In Health Care: Justin Dimick And Coauthors’ June Health Affairs Study – “Racial disparities in health and healthcare are a persistent and troubling problem for the U.S.  Despite substantial policy efforts to the contrary, racial and ethnic minorities, especially African-Americans, often receive a lower quality of care and have worse outcomes.  The key questions, of course, are why do these disparities exist, and what might we do about them? Over the past decade, two primary theories have emerged to explain disparities and propose solutions to address them.” >> Read More New health insurance fee will raise $26 million – “Connecticut small group and individual market health insurers will pay a new premium fee next year that will likely increase insurance costs for employers and raise $26 million to fund the state’s federally mandated insurance exchange.” Read More Teaching about race and health – “Economic disparities and racism are the foundation of a significant portion of health disparities. They are linked to factors like living in neighborhoods filled with environmental hazards such illegal lead smelters and in homes with lead-based paint, not to mention the cockroaches that have been linked to asthma. Poverty is tied to the lack of access to good food, good jobs, good education, and good health services. Neighborhoods matter. Health is not an individual issue; it is a collective concern.” >> Read More

the ct mirror: Aetna files rate proposals for Obamacare exchange plans – “There’s a national debate going on about just how costly health insurance will be once federal health reform rolls out next year. And this week, Connecticut got another clue.” >> Read More

Bloomberg: Obamacare Unveiled as California, New York Lead U.S. – “While politicians in Washington argue over the Affordable Care Act, its ultimate fate is being decided far from Capitol Hill. Amid the periodic repeal votes in Congress and activist campaigns on both sides of the debate, states from New York to California are striving to meet an Oct. 1 deadline to implement the heart of the health-care law, the online insurance exchanges meant to enroll millions of Americans.” >> 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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