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Health Disparities Roundup – September 27, 2013

young african nurse comforting female patientJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Robertwood Johnson Foundation: If the Price is Right, Most Uninsured–Even Young Invincibles–Likely to Consider New Health Insurance Marketplaces – “Starting January 1, 2014, new federal subsidies will be available for lower- to middle-income people to purchase private, nongroup coverage through new health insurance exchanges. A key issue for the exchanges is whether enough younger and healthier people will sign up for coverage to avoid significant adverse selection in which only older and sicker uninsured adults enroll, thus driving up premiums. This brief, conducted by RWJF grantee Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) examines which uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 are most likely to purchase insurance through the exchanges.” >> Read More St. Vincent’s Health Partners is assister organization for Access Health – “St. Vincent’s Health Partners has announced that Access Health CT has selected a staff member from the organization as a candidate to participate in the training and certification process for the Assister program. Access Health CT is Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace whose mission is to increase the number of Connecticut residents who are insured, lower their costs, promote health and eliminate health disparities.” >> Read More Elders: Health disparities across the U.S. – “Certain groups, including the poor, as well as racial and ethnic minorities, are more vulnerable to certain illnesses or conditions, and less likely to receive care for these afflictions, said Connecticut Health Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Patricia Baker. “We’ve identified health disparities over the past 40 or 50 years,” she said. For instance, about 30 percent of Hispanic and 20 percent of black Americans lack a usual source of health care, compared with less than 16 percent whites, according to the national Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.” >> Read More Ending Discrimination in Health Care: New Tools from the Affordable Care Act – “Making matters even more challenging are the unique communication needs of America’s diverse population. With nearly 61 million people speaking a language other than English at home, ensuring that patients can access health information and are able to effectively communicate with a doctor or other health care provider is a key component of an inclusive health care system.” >> Read More

USA Today: Will college students use Affordable Care Act insurance? – “According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, around three quarters of those ages 18 to 25 believe it is important for them to personally get insurance and that insurance is worth the cost. However, nearly 80% of those under 30 had heard little to nothing about the marketplace. One organization trying to change that is Young Invincibles. Currently in the midst of a nationwide education campaign called Healthy Young America, Young Invincibles has reached more than 1,000 youth-serving organizations and health partners with information about the ACA and new options through the exchanges.” >> Read More

theCTmirror: Obamacare Q&A, Part 2: Avoiding penalties, getting laid off, and taking free coverage – “This week’s reader questions on federal health reform address penalties for not having insurance, what kind of coverage will keep you from getting penalized, what options a person will have after losing a job, and the cost of buying insurance through the state’s new marketplace.” >> 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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