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Health Disparities Roundup – September 20, 2013

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

New York Times: Concern Over Drug Costs – “Among the most troubling questions facing consumers as they shop for insurance under the Obama administration’s new health care law is whether the plans will cover the drugs they take — and how much they will have to pay for them. But with less than two weeks remaining until enrollment opens on Oct. 1, the answers are still elusive and anxiety is growing for consumers whose well-being depends on expensive medications.” >> Read More

Robertwood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute: Medicaid/CHIP Participation Rates Among Children: An Update – This brief assesses Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) participation rates and the number of uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP using the most recent data available from the American Community Survey. Since 2008, Medicaid/CHIP participation rates have risen by 5.5 percentage points among children, increasing to 87.2 percent in 2011; in that year, 19 states and the District of Columbia had participation rates at or above 90 percent and four states had rates below 80 percent. These findings suggest that the increased state and federal policy efforts aimed at reducing the number of eligible-but-uninsured children have been yielding results and that there is potential for more progress, by increasing participation in the lower-performing states.” >> Read More

Connecticut Voices for Children: Poverty, Median Income, and Health Insurance in Connecticut: Summary of 2012 American Community Survey Census Data – “At the start of the Great Recession, Connecticut experienced the largest increase in child poverty of any state in the nation, rising from 7.9% in 2007 to 9.3% in 2008.  Data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show that the official end of the Great Recession has had no real impact for the most vulnerable children in our state, who experienced a net increase in poverty from 2008 to 2012 (with no statistically significant change from 2011 to 2012).  More than one out of every seven Connecticut children lived in poverty in 2012, an increase of more than 17% since 2008.” >> Read More

Wonkblog: Obamacare hits a tipping point: Most governors now want to expand Medicaid – “Still, the wave of action just weeks before open enrollment launches suggests that some Republican governors are more open to the health law program. And it seems to come down to two key factors: the massive amount of federal funds at play, and Republicans’ sense of the leverage they have in this situation.” >> Read More

The New Britain Herald: State ready to implement Affordable Care Act – “According to Access Health CT’s Chief Executive Kevin Counihan, the health care program is on track to be fully operational and ready for consumers to shop and enroll on Oct. 1 — its mandated rollout date. “We’ve said consistently that there will be bumps in the road, but we believe we are as well positioned as any state to help consumers find quality, affordable health plan coverage,” said Counihan. “Our call center is already taking questions from consumers and they, along with brokers, navigators, in-person assistors, health plans and others, will be ready to walk Connecticut residents through the enrollment process on Oct. 1.”” >> Read More

the ct mirror: House Republicans vote to cut food stamp program, but Senate likely to rebuff – “According to the USDA, 378,677 people in Connecticut participating in the SNAP program in 2011.“The U.S. Census Bureau shows that, in each of Connecticut’s congressional districts, there’s a wide gap between the income of a family that receives SNAP and one that doesn’t. In the wealthy 4th District, which comprises Fairfield County, a largely suburban area that extends from Bridgeport to Greenwich, households receiving SNAP benefits earned an average of $15,461 in 2011. Households without SNAP benefits earned an average of $88,635 that year. One reason conservative Republicans targeted the food stamp program is that it has grown dramatically over the decade, especially after the recession hit in 2008. The program served 17 million people, at a cost of about $15 billion, in 2001. Last year there were 46 million Americans enrolled in SNAP at a cost of about $75 billion.” >> Read More

Pleasanton Express: Health law helping uninsured Hispanics – “Beginning September 15, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizing the Latino community’s contributions to the cultural richness and diversity of the United States. This year, the theme, “Hispanics: Serving and leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor,” highlights how Latinos have helped shape and strengthen all aspects of our society – from industry and research, to faith, education, arts and entertainment, and health. Despite their great contributions to our country, Hispanic Americans are one of the largest uninsured populations in the nation. >> Read More

CTLatinoNews.com: Improving Care for Latinos with Parkinson’s Disease – “Latinos have no higher risk for Parkinson’s disease than the general population, but they may not recognize the symptoms or are reluctant to seek medical attention, according to Mary Ellen Thibodeau, executive director of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. “Early symptoms such as tremors are often overlooked or thought to be due to old age,” she said. “But they may not be old age and Parkinson’s is very treatable.”” >> Read More

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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