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Health Disparities Roundup – October 4, 2013

iStock_000001558316XSmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Courant: Hispanic Outreach Fuels CT Health Care Push – “Connecticut’s Hispanics represent the fastest-growing, youngest and poorest segment of the state’s population. Estimates of Connecticut’s uninsured vary. Approximately 344,000 people lack health insurance in Connecticut and 65 percent of the state’s uninsured are minorities, according to data being used by Access Health. Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau in September, however, put the uninsured at 284,000.” >> Read More

Kaiser Health News: A Very Quick Guide To Health Insurance Exchanges – “Even with all the talk from Capitol Hill to Main Street about Obamacare, many people don’t know what they have to do to comply with the law’s requirement that almost everyone have insurance beginning in 2014. For those who are uninsured, the key to satisfying that requirement could be the new online health insurance marketplaces, which are set to open Oct. 1 for shopping. Policies will go into effect Jan. 1. Seven million Americans are expected to find coverage there. Here is a quick guide to what you need to know about them.” >> Read More ‘Navigator’ organization helps county residents access Obamacare – “The Affordable Care Act requires states to establish a Navigator program to educate and assist consumers with the enrollment process. Connecticut is one of the few states that have created their own Navigator program in the first year of opening its health insurance marketplace.” >> Read More

CTLatinoNews: Former Surgeon General Takes on Health Disparities – “Living up to her reputation as an engaging speaker, former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders informed and entertained an audience of reporters and local health policy professionals brought together recently by the Connecticut Health Foundation to discuss health equity. Elders followed a panel discussion on providing equal access to health care, participated in by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Grace Damio of the Hispanic Health Council among others, a discussion that frequently returned to the topic of Obamacare, with the October 1 launch of Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, coming the heels of the event.” >> Read More Our View: Connecticut’s health exchange will open for business Tuesday – “On Tuesday, Connecticut’s new insurance marketplace, Access Health CT, will officially be open for business, offering health insurance plans to Connecticut residents. The primary target are those who are uninsured or under-insured, and especially the young and healthy.  Access Health CT is the new insurance exchange that was created to conform with federal law under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that requires all citizens to have health insurance by next year or pay a penalty. The lead up to Tuesday’s roll out of this major provision of the health care reform measure has been both confusing and controversial, and a certain amount of misinformation has added to the confusion. This morning, we hope to provide some clarity.” >> Read More Health care reform: From speculation to reality – “Until now, it’s all been talk. Starting Tuesday, health care reform will move from speculation to reality when insurance exchanges in Washington state and across the nation open for business. People without health insurance or those who buy insurance as an individual will find out how much the Affordable Care Act will add, or subtract, to their cost of living in 2014. And everyone who plans to engage the new system is about to discover if it’s harder or easier than filing federal income taxes to purchase health insurance through the new marketplace.” >> Read More

Washington Post: How the Obamacare fight could create new health disparities – “President Obama has similar ambitions for the Affordable Care Act, which launches this coming week with “marketplaces” that will allow Americans to choose among competing insurance plans. Obamacare certainly will increase access to health care across racial and class lines. Yet the program’s success relies on the cooperation of two dozen conservative-leaning states that are home to half of the nation’s 50 million uninsured. In many of these states, the public tends to oppose the law, and politicians are doing all they can to undermine it. If they succeed, the dawn of the Affordable Care Act may create new disparities in health coverage between the states that embrace Obamacare and those that resist it.” >> Read More

New York Times: Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law – “A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times. Because they live in states largely controlled by Republicans that have declined to participate in a vast expansion of Medicaid, the medical insurance program for the poor, they are among the eight million Americans who are impoverished, uninsured and ineligible for help. The federal government will pay for the expansion through 2016 and no less than 90 percent of costs in later years.” >> 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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