HJ News and Resource Roundup 10/11/13

Happy second week of open enrollment! In this week’s edition of HJ News and Resource Roundup, we’ll largely be discussing the rollout of the ACA health plan marketplaces and barriers that immigrants are facing when applying for coverage. In other news, the government shutdown is having an impact on the health of people of color, and the suspension of labor and delivery services in a Bronx hospital is mobilizing community members. But before you dive in, be sure to check out what these cute animals have to say about the ACA.

ACA Implementation and Immigrant Access to Health Care

Our very own Christine Chiu and Shena Elrington penned a guest piece for New York Daily News with recommendations on improving language access for limited English proficient (LEP) New Yorkers seeking to enroll in coverage in NYS’ health plan marketplace.

Language barriers are already emerging as a huge challenge to successful outreach and enrollment in immigrant communities. In Los Angeles, a community-based nonprofit is conducting public education and outreach in several languages.

Concerns around privacy have also surfaced as undocumented parents seek to enroll their documented children into coverage under the ACA. Many navigator entities are grappling with how to help mixed status families navigate the new systems. This blog post from Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families talks about the many fears that immigrant families face and how they might be overcome.

And while some immigrants will be eligible to gain coverage under the ACA, the undocumented are still left in the shadow of the uninsured.

More on the Affordable Care Act

The New York State Health Foundation has a new data tool that maps potential health coverage gains in NYS under the  ACA. The tool also breaks data down by race, ethnicity, and language.

An article in the New York Times discusses the millions of poor people of color that will not benefit from the ACA because they live in states that refuse to opt into the Medicaid Expansion.

The Sellers Dorsey Foundation, Centers for American Progress, and Federal Agencies Project have launched Out2Enroll, a public campaign to educate the LGBT community about their options under the ACA.

The Health Justice and Disability Justice teams at NYLPI recently submitted comments to the Office of Civil Rights at Health and Human Services on nondiscrimination (Section 1557) under the ACA.  Read more here.

Hospital Closures

Here is some recent coverage of work we’ve supported around reopening labor and delivery services at North Central Bronx Hospital.

Health Disparities

A Texas medical school wants to build a curriculum that directly addresses racial and ethnic health disparities and documents histories of medical discrimination.

A recent study was published showing the role of insurance type on the quality of care received as well as other health outcomes.

Government Shutdown and Health Justice

The government shutdown is taking its toll on the public’s health. Our own Lindsey Hennawi analyzes the impact of the shutdown on the health of low income people of color.

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