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En Español Newsroom
June 30, 2014
Lydia Sermons, Office of Minority Health
(240) 453-8833; Lydia.Sermons@hhs.gov
Joanna Blonska, Office of Minority Health Resource Center
(240) 453-8829; email@example.com
New Data Brief Reveals Characteristics of Uninsured Minority Men
WASHINGTON, DC – A new data brief released by the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during Men’s Health Month examines the characteristics of uninsured adult males by race and ethnicity, using the most recent data from the 2012 American Community Survey. Findings from the survey, which include information on social and economic factors, such as poverty and education level, that influence insurance coverage, should be considered in developing strategies to increase insurance coverage and access to care for minority adult males.
The survey findings provide additional information on the patterns of uninsurance among non-elderly males prior to the establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplace and the expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Highlights of the survey findings include:
While data from the 2012 ACS survey shows disparities among uninsured males, through the Affordable Care Act, progress has been made in increasing access to affordable health care coverage:
This type of data and knowledge about uninsured minority males can help inform targeted interventions and outreach efforts to improve enrollment opportunities for minority men in health insurance coverage, including the open enrollment periods for the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Over the past several decades, our nation has made vast improvements in scientific knowledge, public health and health care. The health status of racial and ethnic minority men still lags behind the general population. Increasing insurance coverage of minority males is critical to their ability to access health care systems, reduce preventable illnesses and improve their health outcomes.
To read the full data brief please visit http://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/assets/pdf/OMH_Mens_Health_Data_Brief.pdf.