HJ News and Resource Roundup 9/13/13

In this week’s installment of the HJ News and Resource Roundup we’ll be discussing immigrant access to health care, hospital closures, the importance of physical education programming, and more.

Immigrant Access to Health Care

A new study has found that Latino-American children are more likely to face multiple barriers, including language access issues, to autism screening and diagnosis, leading to disparities in care.

Across the country, states and community groups are grappling with how best to provide information and care under the ACA to Limited English Proficient individuals, a diverse group who speak a variety of languages.

NYLPI’s HJ team is inspiring language access campaigns across the country!

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and Discrimination

The University of New Mexico is hosting a congressional summit on racial and ethnic health disparities.

The lack of physical education programs in public schools could have an adverse impact on students, including decreasing grades. In New York City, lack of access to physical education and public park space disproportionately impacts low-income students of color.

The state of North Carolina is planning to provide fiscal compensation to the people of color, low-income people, and people with disabilities who were targeted for forced sterilization by the state’s eugenics program.

Hospital Closures

The New York Times provides a more in-depth look at the hospital closure crisis in Brooklyn, which is will have a disproportionate impact on low-income people of color. But in breaking news, a Brooklyn judge has ruled to halt Long Island College Hospital’s (LICH) closure. The decision may impact future hospital closures in the area.

ACA Implementation

A major part of the technology that will be used to allow people to shop for health insurance plans online, known as the “data hub,” has been completed.

Meanwhile, some states are enacting restrictive and ill-advised policies that may inhibit the efficacy of ACA navigators. Navigators are community-based entities and individuals that will help consumers with their questions about the ACA and assist them in enrolling in coverage through the state marketplaces.

The expansion of Medicaid under the ACA is expected to benefit states’ homeless populations.

Private, non-profit health insurance co-ops created under the ACA hope to give big commercial insurers a run for their money.

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