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Archive for the ‘Low Income’ Category

Border Health Resource Guide

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has an updated resource guide on Border Health. The guide includes demographic information and details health issues of particular concern for those living near the United States/Mexico border. Links to health websites, relevant organizations and state-specific contacts are provided.

Border Health (Rural Assistance Center): http://bit.ly/1Bn0X7h

Healthier Pregnancy

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

On Tuesday, September 23 at 9 am ET, join the Office on Women’s Health for a webcast launching “Healthier Pregnancy: Tools and Techniques to Best Provide ACA-Covered Preventive Services.” This free webcast will share best practices on how health care providers can incorporate ACA pre-natal and perinatal preventive services into their practices. It is intended to be a resource for health care providers and system leaders, integrated care teams, behavioral health centers, community-based and social service organizations, case managers and WIC managers: http://bit.ly/1rqeI1s

Marquette University Students’ Diabetes Project Raises Awareness of Diabetes in Low- Income Neighborhoods

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In conjunction with the O’Brien Fellowship project Marquette University Students produced a special report on diabetes in a low-income neighborhood in Milwaukee. The report can be found on the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service website. http://bit.ly/1nhnHMJ

Webinar: Health Insurance Literacy And The Marketplace, Thursday June 19th

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services invite you to join them for a webinar on health insurance literacy and the Health Insurance Marketplace.  This webinar will provide basic information on how health insurance works, how to use your health insurance and where to find consumer-friendly resources.  A brief update on the Marketplace will also be provided.

When: Thursday, June 19th at 4pm Eastern
Registration (no pre-registration required): http://bit.ly/1qpMmFb
Conference Number: PW6650566
Passcode: 9529414
Dial-In number: 1-888-455-1840

NOTE: New Coverage to Care health insurance literacy resources are available for download in English and Spanish: http://1.usa.gov/1uBw89x

Bureau of Labor Statistics for Economic Statistics

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

The BLS website contains statistical data and information related to the social and economic conditions of the United States. Subject areas include inflation and prices; employment and unemployment; pay and benefits; spending and time use; productivity; and workplace injuries.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://1.usa.gov/1krfYKF

School Nutrition Association (SNA) Legislative and Regulatory Action

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. On the SNA Legislative and Regulatory Action website, keep updated on the latest school nutrition related bills and legislation introduced in Congress, as well as federal, state, and local policies and regulations about school nutrition programs.

SNA Legislative and Regulatory Action: http://bit.ly/1i7BXFg

Get Covered: Open Enrollment Ends Today

Monday, March 31st, 2014

March 31 is the deadline to apply for health insurance at the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2014.

From HealthCare.gov:

“Most people must have health coverage in 2014 or pay a penalty. If you don’t have coverage, you’ll pay a fee of either 1% of your income, or $95 per adult ($47.50 per child), whichever is higher. You’ll pay the fee on your 2015 income taxes.”

Get covered: http://1.usa.gov/1pEH5VA

How to find the right plan for you: http://1.usa.gov/PbHjYP

From the Urban Institute Health Policy Center

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

A new study by the Urban Institute focuses on health insurance literacy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been helpful in creating an awareness that people who have never had insurance are expected to understand complex terminology.   This study shows racial/ethnic disparities in health literacy understanding. http://urbn.is/1hY0myc

Financial Help for Health

Monday, March 17th, 2014

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

FinancialHelpforHealth.org, a new website from RWJF, is part of a national effort to raise awareness of the financial resources available to help millions of Americans purchase health coverage through the insurance marketplaces. Research finds that more than 80 percent of uninsured consumers would be more likely to enroll if they received financial help to pay for their plan. The new site seeks to reach these consumers and provide the information and resources they need to enroll before the March 31 deadline.”

U.S. Expands Healthy Food Assistance to Women, Infants and Children

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

“Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government’s so-called WIC program will have greater access to fruits, vegetables and whole grains under an overhaul of the program unveiled on Friday [February 28, 2014.]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hailed the revamping of its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children as the first comprehensive revisions to WIC food voucher allowances since 1980.

The list of foods that recipients could pay for with WIC vouchers was long limited to such basics as milk, infant formula, cheese, eggs, cereals, bread and tuna fish.

But many of the changes finalized by the USDA on Friday were instituted on an interim basis in 2007, including the introduction of fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables to the list of WIC-covered foods.

In its final form, the overhaul will boost by 30 percent, or $2 per month, the allowance for each child’s fruit and vegetable purchases, and permit fresh produce in lieu of jarred infant food for babies, if their parents prefer.

The update also expands whole grain options available to recipients and allows yogurt as a partial milk substitute, adding to the soy-based beverages and tofu that were previously included.”

To read more visit: http://reut.rs/1ovhQo5