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Eric Moreno

Eric Moreno is a Content Curator with the Salud America! program at UT Health San Antonio. He specializes in covering the topics of health equity and family and social support. He holds a BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MA from Gonzaga University.

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Open Enrollment Deadline is Today

The current phase of Open Enrollment is underway, and Dec. 15 is an important deadline to keep in mind. For those who sign up by midnight, they will be able to begin 2017 fully covered with health insurance. As of December 10, over 4 million people had selected plans using HealthCare.gov since Open Enrollment began November 1, including over 1.1 million new consumers and 2.9 million renewing their coverage. “Momentum is building,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell in a statement.  “As we approach the December 15 deadline for consumers to get coverage that begins January 1st, we’re seeing hundreds of thousands of consumers each day signing up for coverage they want and need.” In order to reduce health disparities, it is ...

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Latinos Continue to Take Advantage of Open Enrollment

The current phase of Open Enrollment is underway for those looking to obtain healthcare coverage, and so far, over 1.6 million people have taken advantage of the options at the Healthcare Marketplace. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more than 4 million Latino adults who were previously uninsured now have health coverage. The ACA has also reduced the number of uninsured Latinos by more than 25%, from 41.8% to 30.5%. In 2014, an estimated 8 in 10 uninsured Latinos qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), or lower costs on monthly premiums through the Health Insurance Marketplace. “With plans available for less than $75 per month in premiums, 2.1 million Americans have already selected coverage through HealthCare.gov, more than had signed up at ...

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Latinos are Encouraged to Share Why #CoverageMatters

What does having health care coverage mean to you? The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) wants to know! Since its passing, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped over 20 million people attain health care coverage. Over four million Latinos are among those that have gained insurance, lowering the overall rate of uninsured Latinos by nearly 8%. Since the beginning of Open Enrollment, HHS has been asking for people on social media to share their stories on social media how the ACA has benefited them and their loved ones by using the hashtag #CoverageMatters. In order to reduce health disparities, it is critical to address inequities in programs, practices, and policies. Join our site, connect with others, and get involved. People can read what everyone ...

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The Healthiest Cities in the U.S. for Latinos

Do you live in one of the countries healthiest cities? More and more cities are recognizing the importance building a culture of health for their citizens. Many have added built environment features, such as improved walkways and bike lanes for people to add more activity into their daily lives. Increasing access to green spaces, such as public parks, as well as free exercise programs have also become some of the initiatives undertaken by cities across the country. Latinos, especially Latino kids, in underserved communities have limited options for physical activity, which is part of the reason they are more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers. Condé Nast Traveler magazine has compiled a list of the country’s healthiest cities which they determined by factors such ...

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Almost 12 Million Could Gain Financial Help Paying for Health Care

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Latinos have been one of the groups who have benefited the most from the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as over 4 million have obtained insurance since the law’s passing. During the current Open Enrollment session, the rate of uninsured Latinos is expected to lower even further. Research released by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has found that nearly half of the overall still uninsured Americans are unaware of tax credits that will help with coverage. Millions of Americans are eligible for premium tax credits, which help ease the financial burden of purchasing healthcare coverage. Shopping for plans on HealthCare.gov can help even those with current insurance plans possibly get better deals. In order to reduce health disparities, it is ...

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$17 million to Help Federal Home Visiting Program

Healthcare truly begins during childhood. For many Latinos, developing healthy habits can be difficult as many barriers are in place that prevent them from receiving and obtaining quality healthcare. Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $17 million in funding for the Federal Home Visiting Program. The mission of the program is to give pregnant women and families, particularly those considered at-risk, necessary resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn. The funding will support the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which operates the program. “These funds aim to develop and implement innovations targeted to home visiting program delivery needs and to generate ...

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Webinar Explains Expanding Health Services in Schools

The Health Students, Promising Futures Learning Collaborative is sponsoring a webinar on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 1:00-2:00pm cst to discuss ways to expand health services in schools utilizing funding from Medicaid. The webinar, entitled “How States are Leveraging Medicaid to Expand Health Services in Schools: An Update from the Healthy Students, Promising Futures State Learning Collaborative Webinar,” is free and open to the public. The Collaborative is supported by the U.S. Dept. of Education, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The group is in partnership with the Healthy Schools Campaign and the Trust for America’s Health on this project. In order to reduce health disparities, it is critical to address inequities ...

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Webinar Helps Outline Coverage to Care

In the midst of Open Enrollment, which runs through January 31, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will present a webinar that outlines how people can get the most from the coverage they obtain through the Healthcare Marketplace. This webinar, entitled “Coverage to Care (C2C): A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You,” will be held December 7 from 2:00-3:00pm est. It will provide attendees with overviews of the coverage to care roadmap. The webinar will also explain what health coverage is and how to use it to get primary care and preventive services to help you live a long, healthy life. C2C resources will be discussed. In order to reduce health disparities, it is critical to address inequities in programs, practices, and policies. Join our site, ...

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College Campuses Join Effort for Open Enrollment

The current period of Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is currently underway and ends on January 31, 2017. Established by the Affordable Care Act, the Marketplaces allow individuals to shop for and compare healthcare plans that meet their needs. Over one million people have already selected plans since Open Enrollment began on November 1. In an effort to continue the momentum in an additional area, HealthCare.gov launched the White House Healthy Campus Challenge in an effort to engage college and university campuses to help get more college students and young people obtain coverage. In order to reduce health disparities, it is critical to address inequities in programs, practices, and policies. Join our site, connect with others, and get ...

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