Health Disparity Persists –

In 2010, the HIV rate for Hispanics, while significantly lower than for African Americans, was still 3.6 times higher than for non-Hispanic whites. And at 29.1 percent, the rate of diabetes among Hispanics was only marginally lower than for African Americans. Related Health disparities costing black, Hispanic men, study says Meanwhile, between 2006 and 2010, African Americans were nearly two times more likely than whites to be unable to afford to see a doctor and more than twice as likely to be without health insurance. And compared to whites, Hispanics were more than three times as likely to be unable to afford to see a doctor and more than five times as likely to be without health insurance. These steep health disparities among African Americans and Hispanics in Maryland provide a grim snapshot of a widespread problem with devastating implications for the growing minority populations in this country. April marks National Minority Health Month a critical opportunity to highlight the persistent health inequities that lurk under the radar of the majority in this country while furtively working to hinder social justice. But the work to eliminate health disparities in this country must remain a national priority year-round, not just during April. The cost of inaction both moral and economic is truly staggering. A recent study from the Program for Research on Men’s Health in the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions offers a big-picture view of this issue. The study looked at the economic impact of health disparities among U.S.
Health disparity persists –

CBO lowers estimate of health care law costs

EDT April 14, 2014 Elizabeth Rich points to a Web page for the Affordable Care Act as she helps people sign up for insurance at Swope Health Services on March 31 in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP) SHARE 462 CONNECT 78 TWEET 98 COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON The Affordable Care Act will cost $5 billion less than originally projected for 2014, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Monday. From 2015 to 2024, the law is now expected to cost $1.38 trillion, or $104 billion less than prior projections, with a $36 billion cost in 2014. Net costs in 2014 are due almost entirely to subsidies paid out to those who make less than 400% of the federal poverty level who enrolled in the health insurance exchanges, as well as the Medicaid expansion in some states. The government will pay out $1.84 trillion through 2024 for health exchanges and subsidies, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and tax credits for small employers. But the budget office expects $456 billion in penalty payments from those who do not have health insurance as well as excise taxes on high-premium insurance plans, income taxes for those who make more than $200,000 a year, and payroll taxes that come from changes in employer coverage. CBO officials attributed the changes in projections to changes in the law, the Supreme Court decision not to require states to expand Medicaid, administrative actions, new information, improvements to modeling methods, and lower projected health care costs for the federal government and the private health sector. While CBO considered only insurance provisions for the Affordable Care Act for this report, the office concludes that other pieces of the law will further bring costs down.


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