Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 24 | FALL 2017

Notable News and Resources

More on what ACA means for Americans

ACA Has Cut Rate of Uninsured Women, Narrowed
Longtime Gaps in Care Access for Blacks and Hispanics

The findings of ongoing research on effects of the Affordable Care Act since its implementation continue to emerge, even while the fate of the law—and the nation's healthcare system—remains unclear. Every day we learn more about what the ACA means for individuals and families. Two recent reports show how women and black and Hispanic Americans have fared under the law. Both reports are based on analysis of findings from The Commonwealth Fund's Biennial Health Insurance Survey.

In a report released in early August, The Commonwealth Fund compared women's healthcare coverage in the years before and after the ACA's major coverage provisions went into effect. The report finds that by 2016, the number of uninsured women ages 19 to 64 had decreased by nearly half, from 20 percent (19 million) uninsured in 2010 to 11 percent (11 million) in 2016. Among low-income women, the uninsured rate fell from 34 percent uninsured in 2010 to 18 percent in 2016. The percentage of women with coverage through the individual market had doubled, and the percentage with coverage through Medicaid had increased by half.

A second recent Commonwealth Fund report focused on how the ACA had affected longstanding disparities in access to needed healthcare among blacks and Hispanics compared to whites. The report shows that while blacks and Hispanics still experience less access compared to whites, the historically wide gap has been shrinking since the ACA's coverage expansions took effect. As a group, states that expanded Medicaid experienced, on average, greater declines in racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare access than nonexpansion states did, the report says. In both reports, states that expanded Medicaid were more likely to show improvement. Read the full reports (see "Further Reading" in the sidebar).

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A timely, must-have guide

Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults

With Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey in mind, it's a good time to take a look at "Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults." This concise tip sheet from the American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation is the authoritative and practical resource that older adults, their caregivers, and service providers need in order to be ready for and respond to an emergency.

Older adults are among the most vulnerable to the effects of disasters like those we've just seen. That's not because of age, per se, but rather is due to health issues common in later life—chronic conditions; multiple required medications; problems with frailty, memory, vision, and mobility. Sixty percent of Hurricane Katrina deaths occurred in the age group 65 and older, according to a University of Michigan study. But planning and preparation can reduce the risk. The Health in Aging Foundation promises to provide expert information from healthcare professionals who specialize in the care of older adults. "Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults" is a useful example of that promise fulfilled, in a critical arena. Check it out.

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Programs Available

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  • ADRC Options Counseling Certificate
  • Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate
  • Care Management Certificate
  • Ethics, Legal Principles, and Key Practice Areas Certificate
  • Foundations in Aging and Disabilities Certificate
  • Interdisciplinary Teams and Healthcare Certificate
  • Residential Housing and Community Living Certificate
  • Supervision and Leadership Certificate

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