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Health Disparities Roundup – September 12, 2014

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

The Hill: HHS pledges more funds to enroll minorities in O-Care – “Federal health officials announced $3.2 million in new funding to help racial and ethnic minorities enroll in health coverage under ObamaCare. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Minority Health awarded grants to 13 organizations that will help educate and encourage minority communities to sign up for health plans through the marketplaces.” >> Read More

WNPR News: Mentoring Program Works to Attract More Young, Black Nurses – “A mentoring program in Northern Connecticut is working to get more African Americans interested in nursing. Jessica Arter said there are a lot of reasons she’d like to see more African Americans become nurses. First, there are the state’s demographics. “The population for African Americans is 11.2 percent. However, African American nurses only make up 3.5 percent,” said Arter. “In addition to wanting to be a nurse and caring for people, we think they should match their counterparts as far as demographics.”” >> Read More

Vox: The Obamacare train keeps not wrecking – “A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that in seven major cities that have released data on 2015 premiums, the price of the benchmark Obamacare plan — the second-cheapest silver plan, which the federal government uses to calculate subsidies —  is falling.” >> Read More

Health Affairs: A First Look At How The Affordable Care Act Is Affecting Coverage Among Parents And Children – “Following the implementation of the major coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014, the question arises: “How is the health law affecting uninsured children and their families?” Today, the Urban Institute released two new briefs using the Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) to begin to answer that question.”  >> Read More

The CT Mirror: DCF unveils plan for overhaul of children’s mental health care – “A new state blueprint for children’s mental health services recommends standardized screening and enhanced school services, better training for all caregivers and the “pooling” of hundreds of millions in public funds to more effectively finance vital programs.” >> Read More

Public News Services: Report: Parents are Punished When States Don’t Accept Medicaid – “Parenthood comes with a disadvantage for many low-income families in Idaho when it comes to health insurance. A new report from the Urban Institute shows when states accepted federal Medicaid funding, the insured rate for parents jumped by 33 percent and Medicaid gets part of the credit. There is no change for states, including Idaho, that have rejected the federal funding. Lauren Necochea, director of Idaho Kids Count, explains the gap.”>> 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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