Poor communications and bad information impede Hispanic healthcare, according to a panel of medical experts speaking Saturday at a Hispanic national conference being held in Philadelphia, according to the Cherry Hill (NJ) Courier Post.
Hamilton, OH, has also reported that language and cultural barriers impede Hispanic healthcare.
However, other reports suggest that immigrants, generally, suffer poor healthcare for economic reasons.
Idaho's Access to Health Insurance program began July 1. Under it, small businesses must pay half of their employees' premiums and then the state adds up to $100 each for the employee and his or her spouse. The employee pays the rest. Employees' children can also be covered.
IdahoStateman.com details this program.
The first online directory of health and social services specifically for uninsured and under-insured New Yorkers, the Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE) has opened.
According to its website, it serves as central clearinghouse of programs and services for uninsured people.
HITE also offers users an eligibility calculator to determine if an individual qualifies for one of these programs.
It appears to be designed more for social workers than for the uninsured themselves.
HITE is currently being pilot-tested in three New York communities. Following an evaluation, it will expand to cover all New York state.
The New York Times describes the troubles people seeking solo health insurance have.
Comment: Had they published this article fifteen years ago, it might have been newsworthy.
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch Tuesday signed SB 125, which bars insurers from using geography and health status to set rates and also which creates a reinsurance pool.
"Today, we are ending the ability of health insurance companies to discriminate against sick workers, or to dramatically increase rates on small businesses just because they are located in the North Country or the Seacoast," Lynch said.
Health insurance coverage for children showed continued improvement in 2004, and the percentage of working-age adults without insurance coverage, which had been climbing in recent years, did not increase last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The data, based on CDC�s National Health Interview Survey, provides estimates of insurance coverage for the United States in 2004. For the first time, the latest survey also includes statistics on insurance coverage for the nation�s 10 largest states.
The report, which tracks insurance coverage since 1997, finds that the improvement in coverage for children reflects an increase in public coverage�including the State Children�s Health Insurance Program--for poor and near-poor children.
Highlights of the report include:
Insurers can and will deny coverage for medical devices even though the FDA has approved them.
The New York Times looks at how - despite FDA approval - insurers deny coverage for Johnson & Johnson's Charit� -- a spinal disk that can be implanted as an alternative to spinal fusion.
One option the uninsured do have is federally qualified health centers. The Battle Creek (MI) Enquirer describes how its community hopes to use such a center to care for the uninsured.
Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s proposed budget would eliminate a $7 million dollar program for low-income pregnant women and children who are legal permanent residents, according to the Baltimore Sun.
As we previously reported, immigrants are more likely to uninsured than are the native born.
Dr. Naresh Trehan, former president of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) and founder of the internationally renowned Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center (EHIRC) in New Delhi, has proposed a two-tier health insurance system for the United States.
He says he has submitted his proposal to Senator Hillary Clinton.
According to Trehan, American healthcare has become too expensive. "Unless they regulate it Americans can't afford healthcare," he said.
He says he as proposed a two-tier system. The first tier, an expensive $10,000 policy would insure for everything one needed from sources in the United States. Tier Two, however, a less expensive $5,000 policy, would provide emergency care in the United States but would provide a menu of certified facilities around the world.
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