59:08 minutes (54.19 MB)
Open Enrollment 2015. This week, consumers begin to enroll in new health plans or switch plans for 2015, during a three-month period which begins November 15. National Latino groups are campaigning to boost enrollment or reenrollment of eligible Latinos during the second open season of the health insurance market exchange. Is the health insurance marketplace ready? What’s being done to get Latinos better understand and use their coverage? Experts provide tips to consumers to get a better deal.
59:09 minutes (54.15 MB)
Nation’s First Soda Tax. Despite a multi-million campaign by Big Soda companies, voters in the city of Berkeley, California, passed the first tax on sodas in the nation, in what is called “the forefront of a revolution in the battle against diabetes.” How bad are sodas for your health? An expert on integrative medicine discusses how strong is the link between sugary drinks and the epidemic of obesity and diabetes, among other topics.
Guest: Jorge Bordenave, Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine at Florida International University, Coral Gables, FL, www.drbordenave.com
59:06 minutes (54.14 MB)
New Enrollment Period. Most consumers who enrolled in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act exchanges will be auto-enrolled unless they pick a new coverage plan. The first wave of renewal notices were sent to consumers in anticipation of the second open enrollment period, set to begin on November 15 and go for only three months this year. Will the enrollment and renewal system be easier to navigate this time?
Guests: Sinsi Hernández Cancio, Director of Health Equity, Families USA, Washington, DC, www.familiesusa.org ; Nancy Marisa Gómez, Southern California Program Director, Health Access, Los Angeles, CA, www.health-access.org
59:08 minutes (54.15 MB)
Dying to Work. Latinos are more likely than other workers in the US to die on the job. Most die from work-related injuries in high-risk industries, such as construction and agriculture. Why is this happening? What are the most common causes of death on the job for Latinos? Is immigration status an issue? What’s being done to prevent more deaths? A victim and a relative of a victim of workplace injuries or death share their stories.
Guests: “Maria” Anonymous family member of H-2B Visa Worker Who Died in the Workplace, Mexico; “Jose” Anonymous Victim, Mexico; Michael Flynn, Social Scientist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Cincinnati, OH, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh ; Melanie L. Ochoa, Manager Worker’s Comp Legal Services, Flynn Law Firm, PLLC, Tulsa, OK, http://flynnlaw.net
58:59 minutes (54.02 MB)
Ebola Epidemic. The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. has died and two nurses who cared for the patient have tested positive for the virus. The ebola virus is spreading with such speed that could soon be “World’s next AIDS,” says top U.S. health official. What’s the science behind Ebola Virus Disease? What are the risks of getting infected? How is the U.S. preparing for Ebola? An expert comments on the reported cases of ebola and the preparations in the US to prevent an epidemic. Hosts comment the news and listeners share concerns and suggestions on-air.
Guest: Dr. Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner, Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. www.cdc.gov
59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)
Deadline Looms for Insured Families. More than 100,000 families risk losing health coverage purchased in federal health insurance exchanges after they failed to provide additional verification of immigration or citizenship status. Advocates urge the Obama administration to wait for consumers to clarify their status before ending their coverage. Next week, immigrants face a major deadline. Analysts also comment on the new open enrollment period that begins on November 15, and the efforts to remove enrollment barriers and enroll Latinos in health coverage.
Guests: Mayra Alvarez, Director, State Exchange Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, www.hhs.gov ; Lizelda López, Spokesperson, CoveredCA, Sacramento, CA, www.coveredca.com ; Alvaro Huerta, Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles, CA, www.nilc.org
59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)
Deadline to Show Documents for Health Coverage. More than 300,000 consumers could lose their health coverage by September 30 if they don’t provide citizenship or immigration papers to prove their eligibility. They are being asked to submit supporting documents to clear inconsistencies found in their enrollment applications. A health marketplace official and a community advocate clarify this verification process and discuss preparations for the new enrollment period. An expert and consumer advocate gives a national perspective on this matter.
Guests: Lizelda López, Spokesperson, Covered California, Sacramento, CA, www.CoveredCA.com ; Betzabel Estudillo, Health Policy Coordinator, California Immigrant Policy Center, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.caimmigrant.org ; Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Director of Health Equity, Families USA, Washington, DC, www.familiesusa.org
59:08 minutes (54.19 MB)
National Soda Tax Bill and More. The latest news developments in health care are discussed in this program, including a bill to remove barriers to health care for immigrant women and families and provide emergency contraception for communities of color. Also discussed is the SWEET Act, a bill that would impose a national tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks.
Guests: Dr. Jane Delgado, Executive Director and President, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Washington, D.C., http://www.hispanichealth.org ; Marisol Franco, Director of Policy, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Los Angeles, CA, http://www.californialatinas.org
59:07 minutes (54.16 MB)
Accessing Health Care. Experts discuss the experience those who enrolled in ACA’s enrollees are having in the marketplace. California insurance giant, Blue Cross, has been under charges the company the exaggerated the number of physicians and hospital networks to get consumers to buy their health plans. On other news, while open enrollment through health insurance marketplaces has ended for the year, people are increasingly enrolling in Medicaid and CHIP, especially in states that expanded their Medicaid programs. Also discussed are the conflicting decisions of two separate appeals courts on whether the insurance subsidies that help certain people pay for health insurance is illegal. The guest comments on the impact of the ruling on the health care law and possible repercussions.
Guest: Dr. Xavier Morales, Executive Director, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, Los Angeles, CA, www.lchc.org
59:17 minutes (54.28 MB)
Supreme Court on Birth Control. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that some companies will be allowed to deny insurance coverage for contraception. The court decided that requiring some employers to pay insurance coverage for contraception violates federal protections for religious freedom. Latina leaders say this decision would allow bosses to interfere with the personal health care decisions of their employees. This program features some of those concerns, an explanation of this case and a discussion on how to come up with ways to compensate women for the extra cost they will have to pay for this service.
Guests: Kimberly Inez McGuire, Director of Public Affairs, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Washington, DC, www.latinainstitute.org ; Leonardo Cuello, Director of Health Policy, National Health Law Program, Washington, DC, http://www.healthlaw.org