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Health Disparities Roundup – September 6, 2013

iStock_000004334057XSmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

CT Mirror: Access Health call center opens to take Obamacare insurance questions – “The state’s new insurance marketplace has opened a call center to answer questions about health care coverage. The Access Health CT toll-free call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It can be reached at 1-855-805-HEALTH (4325). Access Health is the state’s health insurance exchange, a marketplace for selling health insurance created as part of the federal health reform law. It’s expected to sell private coverage to between 80,000 and 100,000 state residents who buy coverage on their own and small businesses. Many will qualify for discounted rates, subsidized by the federal government.” >> Read More

Connecticut Health Foundation: Report: Connecticut’s “No Wrong Door” Policy Critical for Maintaining Health Coverage for 36,000 Residents – “The Connecticut Health Foundation’s (CT Health) recently-released policy brief, No Wrong Door :  Improving Health and the Health Coverage Consumer Experience in Connecticut, found that full implementation of NWD by 2015 could result in significant gains for both residents and state government. The NWD approach to health insurance enrollment allows consumers to apply for health insurance in person, online, by phone or by mail. No matter what door the consumer enters through, they would be seamlessly routed to the health insurance affordability program for which they qualify. For NWD to work, federal, state, and private systems must be fully integrated.” >> Read More

Connecticut Health I-Team: Can Obamacare Close The Longevity Gap? – “If you’re 65 and living in Connecticut, you can expect – on average – roughly 16 more years of good health, according to a new federal study. In fact, the state ranks number seven for healthy seniors, says another study, this one from the United Health Foundation. That’s if you’re white. If you’re African American, your healthy life expectancy drops to 12 years, or age 77. And from other studies, Hispanics and Latinos don’t fare much better. Connecticut faces what people are calling a silver tsunami – a state with a rapidly aging population which presents a potential drastic drain on public resources. Sadly, the tsunami will crash onshore with the same racial disparity in health as exists in housing, in wages, in nearly all measurable marks of well-being in one of the country’s wealthiest states. In 2010, the Connecticut Health Foundation published a study that looked at a decade of efforts to achieve health equity in the state, and said Connecticut “still has a long way to go” – so long, in fact, that the foundation recently announced it would shift its focus strictly to health equity.”  >> Read More

Contemporary OB/GYN: Are there racial disparities in infant mortality and prematurity? – “Reducing infant mortality (deaths in the first year of life) has long been a national priority of the United States. Since 1935, US rates of infant mortality have fallen by more than 400%, mostly due to early detection and treatment of complications (Figure). Despite this success, the current model is challenged to address health problems far outside the scope of the doctor’s exam room. Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranks the United States 41st among 193 other nations in infant mortality, largely due to variations in infant mortality associated with race and ethnicity.” >> Read More

Science World Report: Study Shows Racial Disparities in Nursing Home Care – “Statistics show that nursing homes that serve predominantly black residents tend to struggle financially and provide lower quality care than those with no black residents. A recent study shows that poor and aging black Americans may have less luck than other races when it comes to care in the nursing home. According to researchers at the University of Central Florida, statistics show that nursing homes that serve predominantly black residents tend to struggle financially and provide lower quality care than those with no black residents.” >> Read More

HealthWorks Collective: Health Disparities Still Problematic – “A new policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that health care inequities are still a serious problem for many Americans, depending upon their race, gender, income, location and other social factors. The report is available for download on the Health Affairs website. Researchers analyzed more than a decade’s worth of results from studies on health and health care imbalances. They concluded that despite several well-intentioned programs, there is still a long way to go to achieve health equity in many parts of the country. In some cases, the US fares no better than some developing countries.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: Food insecurity in Connecticut increased – “Connecticut’s food insecurity figures were still lower last year than the national average of 14.7 percent. But nationally the number of food insecure households jumped in 2008, the beginning of the recession, then stayed fairly level. In Connecticut, there has been a consistent upward trend through the recession, the USDA report said. The report also said that nearly 5 percent of Connecticut households faced “very low food security,” which means that food intake by some household members was reduced, and meals were skipped.” >> 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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