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Health News Roundup — Friday, August 19, 2011

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

The Foundry: A Blueprint for Medicare Reform – “The Heritage plan would replace the current “defined benefit” structure of Medicare with a defined contribution for seniors to offset their costs, whether they choose to enroll in traditional Medicare’s fee-for-service program, keep their existing private health insurance and bring it with them into retirement, or purchase another private plan that better suits their personal needs.” >> Read More

Health Promotion Exchange Blog: Health Policy and Health Equity – “For a few decades it has been recognized that health status is not evenly distributed across the community, and that this inequality is only partially based on individual lifestyle choices.  More often health disparities are greatly determined by social factors that establish patterns of poverty, housing, educational attainment, employment opportunities, neighborhood quality, community safety, and so forth. The unequal access to resources, opportunity and security is not always a function of racism and ethnic discrimination, but the effects tend to fall along racial lines.” >> Read More

Baltimore Sun: Connect people to health by increasing access to technology – “The current revolution in medicine will use the full potential of technology to transform medical practice to save lives and improve health. Tele-health — the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies — not only enhances efficiency, care and affordability, but it holds the key to profound improvements in medical treatment by eliminating physical barriers to high-quality health services.” >> Read more

Connecticut Health I-Team: Interpreters: Need Grows But No Funding In CT – “Racial and ethnic minorities face huge health disparities, and numerous studies cite language barriers as contributing to poor outcomes. This is why the federal government, professional associations and health care advocates agree that non-English speaking patients have the right to an interpreter.  Interpretation services are costly and paid for by hospitals, clinics and individual doctors. The services offered vary greatly. In many cases, family and friends do the interpreting, which eliminates cost but can lower quality.” >> Read More

American Medical News: National groups unite to target health disparities – “Five major health care organizations are banding together in a nationwide call for action to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care.” >> Read More

CT News Junkie: OP-ED | Connecticut’s Medicaid Program Can Be Improved Without More Spending – “Connecticut’s Medicaid program covers one in six state residents today, and in 2014 another 140,000 will join the program under national health reform. But this critical lifeline is suffering from a severe shortage of providers, limiting access to care and forcing members who need health care into expensive emergency rooms.” >> Read More

Center for American Progress: Cuts to Community Health Centers Harm Communities of Color the Most – “CHCs provide essential care to disadvantaged and underserved populations, particularly communities of color and low-income populations in urban and rural areas, and successfully reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in the broader population. The primary and preventive care CHCs provide saves the national health care system $24 billion annually, and the centers also create jobs and generate billions of dollars in economic activity.” >> Read More

Associated Press: Official: Lack of funding harms Indian health – “When compared with the population as a whole, Indians are twice as likely to die from suicide, three times more likely to die from diabetes-related complications and six times more likely to die from alcohol abuse, according to IHS statistics.” >> Read More

New York Times: A Scalpel, Not an Ax, for Medicaid – “A lawsuit, which the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear in the coming term, will determine whether there is any recourse for Medicaid beneficiaries who may have less access to health care because of such cuts.” >> 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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