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Health Disparities Roundup – October 11, 2013

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

The New York Times: Getting Older, Growing Poorer – “The basic outlines of poverty in America are sadly familiar. At last count, 46.5 million people were poor — 15 percent of the population. Women and children, especially in single-mother families, were, as always, hit hardest. Another group, people 65 and older, now seems vulnerable as well. In analyzing the recent Census Bureau report on poverty, researchers at the National Women’s Law Center found that from 2011 to 2012, the rate of extreme poverty rose by a statistically significant amount among those 65 and older, meaning that a growing number of them were living at or below 50 percent of the poverty line. In 2012, this was $11,011 a year for an older person living alone.” >> Read More

CBS News: Death rates rise in times of economic growth, study claims – “An economic boon may mean a higher likelihood of death for middle aged and older adults, according to a new study. Research published on Oct. 7 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health shows that death rates climb when the economy is good and take a downturn when the country is heading towards a recession.” >> Read More

CNN Health: Latinos struggle to find help for mental health issues – “Thanks to Obamacare, nearly 6 million currently uninsured Latinos in the United States will have access to affordable health care come January 1, 2014, including mental health and substance-abuse services. But some experts say that won’t be enough to encourage mentally ill in the Hispanic community to seek help. In 2011, 15.9% of Hispanic adults reported suffering from a mental illness the previous year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. But thousands in this population often go without professional mental health treatment. Perhaps the most problematic issue for the Latino community is their fear of being highly stigmatized for accessing mental health services, experts say. Among Hispanics with a mental disorder, fewer than 1 in 11 contact a mental health specialist, while fewer than 1 in 5 contact a general health care provider, according to the American Psychiatric Association’s Office of Minority and National Affairs. Even fewer Hispanic immigrants seek out these services.” >> Read More

CT Post: Health exchange: How’s it going? – “Tuesday was the one-week anniversary of the launch of Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange. The exchanges are a major piece of the Affordable Care Act, intended to provide health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. That includes thousands in Connecticut and, as of Tuesday afternoon, 1,426 state residents had enrolled for coverage through Access Health.” >> Read More

Dentistry IQ: States with the best (and worst) adult oral healthcare – “Recently, Oral Health America issued a report titled “State of Decay: Are Older Americans Coming of Age Without Healthcare?” The question is answered right off the bat (yes), along with a few reasons why our aging population – one of the biggest demographics in the American population – is left in the dark when it comes to oral health.” >> Read More

Robertwood Johnson Foundation: Eligibility for Assistance and Projected Changes in Coverage Under the ACA – “This report examines how many of the uninsured in each state would be eligible for health coverage assistance programs – i.e. Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and subsidized private coverage through the new health insurance marketplaces – under the Affordable Care Act. The report also estimates the anticipated decrease in the uninsured population under the ACA in each state. Finally, the report examines the share of those remaining uninsured under the ACA in each state who would be eligible for, but not enrolled in, assistance programs.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: Access Health: 753 applications processed in three days – “Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, has processed 753 applications for coverage since opening Tuesday, including 153 on Thursday. On its third day in operation, the exchange reported receiving 11,058 website visitors and 1,033 calls as of 4 p.m. Since Tuesday morning, Access Health counted 82,939 website visitors and 5,094 phone calls.” >> Read More

CT Latino News: Health Exchange: Leaves Out State’s 55,000 Undocumented Immigrants – “The Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act went into effect Oct. 1. While thousands of Americans have already signed up and have already begun reaping the benefits from the new law, there is one group that cannot and will not be able to participate in the program —undocumented immigrants. Although each state will recognize its own exchanges, across the board no state will recognize undocumented immigrants in regard to the new law. Undocumented immigrants will not be losing their rights to seek medical attention. All the new law states is that health care assistance will not be extended to them. Therefore, this new law will have absolutely no effect on the current state of health care for any of Connecticut’s nearly 55,000 undocumented residents.” >> 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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