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Health Disparities Roundup – October 25, 2013

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

Fickr photo by Been Buddy LongwayBET: Black Pastors Give Praise to Obamacare – “A group of prominent African-American pastors and faith leaders in a letter to President Obama have pledged to build support for the Affordable Care Act in Black communities and help facilitate enrollment. Approximately seven million uninsured African-Americans stand to benefit from the law.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Health Reform Implementation: A Little Historical Perspective, Please – “But the larger point is this: many of us have literally been working on health care reform for decades — three decades, in my case. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, advocates in particular and the nation in general scored a milestone victory. That’s not saying the law is perfect by a long shot (it’s too complex for one, a function of embracing an architecture that avoids single payer).” >> Read More

National Journal: Millions of Uninsured Latinos Live in States Without Spanish Obamacare Sites – “Over 1.2 million uninsured Latinos in the United States do not have access to a Spanish-language Obamacare website. Nearly 60 percent of the state-run exchanges offer consumers only an English version of their Affordable Care Act website, says TogoRun, a Washington, D.C. based health care communications agency. The 10 states without Spanish language sites account for approximately 10 percent of the total uninsured Latino population living in the United States, according to a 2011 Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of the distribution of the uninsured Hispanic population in the U.S. The Health and Human Services Department expects 10.2 million Latinos to be eligible for coverage in the exchanges.” >> Read More

NBC News: What’s actually behind the low Asian-American obesity rate? – “At first glance, it seems like most Asian-Americans pretty much have this whole obesity thing under control, by the looks of new national statistics. An estimated 11 percent of adult Americans of Asian descent are considered obese. Compare that to the nation’s obesity average as a whole, which stands steady at about 35 percent. It’s the first time obesity estimates for Asian-Americans have been included in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a research program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They haven’t been included before because people of Asian descent only make up about 5 percent of the population (though by 2042, that is expected to climb to 9 percent).” >> Read More

RegWatch: Dems offer new ObamaCare ‘fix’ – “Five Senate Democrats are sponsoring a bill that tries to fix what they call an oversight in how Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are treated under ObamaCare. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains a number of special provisions for Native Americans, including an exemption from the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance, known as the individual mandate.” >> Read More

Reuters: Family caregivers live longer than their peers – “Caring for a disabled family member can be overwhelmingly hard. But caregivers may live longer than those who don’t bear such responsibilities, new research suggests. In a nationwide study, adults who provided care for a chronically ill or disabled family member had a lower death rate than a similar group of non-caregivers.” >> Read More

MedicalXPress: Changing the common rule to increase minority voices in research – “The article responds to the underrepresentation of African-Americans and other minorities in research, an important public health problem because numerous diseases and health conditions, regardless of income, age, or gender, disproportionately affect these populations. Without adequate representation of minority populations in research, these health disparities will likely persist.” >> Read More

BET: Report: There Are One Million Black LGBT Americans – “A recently released report places the number of African-American adults who consider themselves to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender at one million, or about 3.7 percent of the Black population. The report, LGBT African-American Individuals and African-American Same-Sex Couples, was compiled by the University of California Los Angeles Williams Institute. Among the findings is the fact that most African-Americans in same-sex relationships tend to live in areas where there are higher populations of Black residents. It said that about 25 percent of African-American same-sex couples live in New York, Georgia, North Carolina and Maryland.” >> Read More

WNPR News: High Marks for Access Health CT; Dobelle’s Grand Ideas; Two-Way Streets – “The new federal health care exchange at healthcare.gov has received criticism for not working smoothly over the first few weeks of its introduction, with one analyst calling the glitches a “fiasco.” Here in Connecticut, Access Health CT has received high marks from HealthPocket, an independent firm that examines plans and their performance across the country. That and more in The Wheelhouse Digest.”  >> Read More

New York Times: Obama Admits Web Site Flaws on Health Law – “President Obama offered an impassioned defense of the Affordable Care Act on Monday, acknowledging the technical failures of the HealthCare.gov Web site, but providing little new information about the problems with the online portal or the efforts by government contractors to fix it. With Republican critics seizing on the Web site’s issues as evidence of deeper flaws in the health care law, Mr. Obama sought to deflect attention from the continuing problems by focusing on ways to get coverage without going online. Like a TV pitchman, the president urged viewers to call the government’s toll-free number for health insurance, acknowledging that “the wait times probably might go up a little bit now.”” >> 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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