Posts Tagged - ‘hispanic’

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Minorities More Likely To Lack Health Insurance

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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According to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to go without a health insurance plan than Caucasians.

What are the statistics?

  • 1-in-5 African Americans are uninsured
  • 1-in-3 Hispanic Americans are uninsured

There are multiple reasons for the disparity, but many blame lower income levels. The subsidies included in the healthcare reform bill should help people of all races afford individual and family health insurance. However, they won’t be available to the subset of Latinos who are undocumented immigrants.

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Minorities Struggle with Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The Alzheimer’s Association has released a study that says African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to develop dementia. The troubling disease is taking over the lives of more minorities due to lack of good health insurance.

The study found that African-Americans are about two times more likely and Hispanics are about 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The reason for this is not believed to be genetics, but rather their lack of comprehensive medical care.

Some family members ignore signs of Alzheimer’s, victims are unaware, and before you know it the disease matures into a stage beyond doctors’ control.

Those with the disease often times don’t have access to affordable medical insurance which lessens their quality of life. Other conditions linked to the Alzheimer’s often go untreated including diabetes and high blood pressure.

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