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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

Get Covered During Latino Enrollment Week

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Over 3 million Americans have enrolled in affordable health coverage. Many have shared their own stories about what it means to them — peace of mind, better coverage, security to pursue their dreams, and more. There are five weeks left until open enrollment closes on March 31. Let’s keep the momentum going and help more Americans get enrolled.

Encourage coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace, http://1.usa.gov/1cKYZ4d, during Latino Enrollment Week, February 24-28. The U.S. Health and Human Services website offers these resources: Starting the Conversation http://1.usa.gov/1k7Tza6; Six reasons to get covered: http://1.usa.gov/N0tOKG; Sharing Stories: http://1.usa.gov/1hQCKQT; and Inscríbase antes del 15 de marzo: https://www.cuidadodesalud.gov/es/.

Food Insecurity is a Health Issue

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

A Toledo-based hospital system is trying new approaches to address hunger. Treating it as a health issue, the non-profit ProMedica system is building a grocery store selling healthy food, reclaiming unserved food and packaging meals for the hungry. They also started a system to screen hospital patients for food insecurity and connect them to programs that can help and provide them with emergency groceries. Citing social determinants of health as fundamental, ProMedica is forming partnerships with local food banks and other organizations to address community needs. The cost is not a burden as they are able to locate and reallocate resources. Read more at: http://bit.ly/1hwaUVl

Youth Speaks Against Diabetes

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

San Francisco poets from youthspeaks.org have teamed up with the University of California San Francisco to train young poets on how living conditions common in poorer neighborhood, such as unsafe streets, few green spaces, and a preponderance of fast food joints are a factor in the development of diabetes. Videos have been created and are part of a package available at: http://bit.ly/19fH9Df.  Dean Schillinger MD, U. of California-San Francisco, California Diabetes Program, and veteran health literacy researcher, helped mentor this project.

 

 

 

Study: Low-income communities benefit most from public health funding

Friday, November 8th, 2013

From the American Public Health Association Newswire:

“Low-income communities experience the greatest health gains from public health funding, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston.

Researchers found that over 17 years communities given public health funding experienced 4.3 percent reductions in infant mortality, as well as reductions of 0.5 to 3.9 percent in non-infant deaths from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and influenza.

However, these health gains were 20-44 percent larger when funding was targeted to lower-income communities.”

For complete study information visit http://bit.ly/1c5E5LW

October Issue of the Nation’s Health

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The October issue of the Nation’s Health, the monthly newsletter of the American Public Health, is now available online.

Stories include:

  • As senior population grows, aging in place gains popularity: Communities conducting outreach
  • Poverty taxes brainpower when financially strapped
  • Insurance marketplaces open for enrollment, navigators ready to help
  • Healthy You: Substance abuse–downloadable handout for the public in English and Spanish

Access these and other articles: http://bit.ly/17bIfyX

Organizations that Serve Rural Latino Communities

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Farmworker Justice, an organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice, has produced a new directory. The “Directory of Organizations that Serve Rural Latino Communities” cover the states of California, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas. Access the directory here: http://bit.ly/155gBSV.

See the Farmworker Justice website for many other free resources: http://bit.ly/1dRkWAi.