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Thousands Of Children Suffer From Lead Poisoning, Many Not Tested

HARTFORD, CT - Feb 23, 2016 Three year old Angely Nunez watches as nurse Lauren Frazer applies a topical anesthetic to Angely's arm before a blood draw to check for levels of lead in her bloodstream at the Connecticut Children's Primary Care Center in Hartford. Tests revealed elevated levels of lead in Angely's blood and she began treatment with Dr. Hilda Slivka at the center. ( Photo by Tony Bacewicz / C-Hit.org - For use with C-Hit.org story by Jennifer Frank)

HARTFORD, CT – Feb 23, 2016 Three year old Angely Nunez watches as nurse Lauren Frazer applies a topical anesthetic to Angely’s arm before a blood draw to check for levels of lead in her bloodstream at the Connecticut Children’s Primary Care Center in Hartford. Tests revealed elevated levels of lead in Angely’s blood and she began treatment with Dr. Hilda Slivka at the center. ( Photo by Tony Bacewicz)

 

Even though Connecticut has some of the strictest lead-screening laws in the country – requiring every child to be tested twice, once a year, before age 3 – DPH figures show that only half were screened twice, as mandated....

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Federal Report Finds Wide Disparities Among Medicare Recipients

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Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to get flu vaccines, have a preventive health care visit, or receive follow-up care after being hospitalized for a mental health disorder, according to a first-of-its kind federal report that looks at health disparities among people on Medicare Advantage plans.

“While these data do not tell us why differences exist, they show where we have problems and can help spur efforts to understand what can be done to reduce or eliminate these differences, ” said Dr. Cara James, director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health, which released the report.

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Advocates Say Undocumented Individuals Need Access To Health Care

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Every day, those without health insurance seek medical care at hospitals, community health centers and clinics across Connecticut. And once they’ve been treated, financial counselors typically try to enroll them in some form of insurance program.

But in places like Danbury, where there is a large immigrant population, health providers know that some of these new patients face an extra barrier — their undocumented status.

Recognizing this, health professionals and advocates across the region are working together to make sure undocumented immigrants have access to health care — partly because they see it as moral responsibility, but also because it affects the health of the entire community.

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