HJ News and Resource Roundup 8/23/13

Introducing the HJ News Roundup! Every week we will be posting the latest news and resources to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in the struggle for health justice. Let us know what you think!

Hospital Closures

Readers in NYC are probably aware of the deteriorating health care crisis in Brooklyn as Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and Interfaith Medical Center face closure. A recent court order will allow LICH to continue operating temporarily.

And while Brooklyn hospitals are struggling to stay open, the crisis has now spread to the Bronx where the city has decided to close down Labor and Delivery at North Central Bronx Hospital. This may be a first step towards closing down the entire facility.

Immigrant Access to Health Care

Congress is preparing to head back to Washington, D.C. and will resume attempts to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Here’s some timely analysis of immigrant access to health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and current immigration reform proposals.

Chicago activists declared a major victory earlier this month after fourteen undocumented immigrants in Chicago Hospitals were able to gain access to organ-transplant lists.

An article from Fronteras illustrates the specific challenges that mixed status families face in accessing vital health services.

A new report contains state estimates of the number of low-income immigrants that would not qualify for Medicaid coverage under the ACA’s expansion. Another report looks at health coverage among undocumented immigrants.

Language Access

This month, the HJ team celebrated a major civil rights victory after Nassau County signed an executive order ensuring language access for its limited-English proficient (LEP) residents in their interactions with county agencies.

Finally, in California, legislators are considering a bill that would expand the number of medical interpreters. The bill (AB 1263) was passed by the Assembly in May and the Senate is expected to vote on it this fall.

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