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CMS OMH offers resources and information to help extend the reach of CMS and CMS OMH programs while improving the health and wellness of individuals of all backgrounds, as well as their caregivers and employers. This page features:

   
Image for DataSnapshot Toolkits Tools: Practical, easy-to-use information and tools for healthcare providers, researches, and consumers.
   
Image for DataSnapshot Webinars Webinars: Presentations that focus on CMS' ongoing efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities.
   
Image for DataSnapshot Initiatives Initiatives: Aimed at reducing and eliminating health disparities across the United States by addressing issues that affect minority populations.
   

CMS Regulations and Guidance

  • To learn about what CMS is doing for proposed rules and regulations and obtain information about notices, final rules and presidential documents, visit Federal Register.
  • Submit your comments on proposed regulations and related documents published by the U.S. Federal government by visiting Regulations.gov

CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report – United States 2013

Income, education level, sex, race, ethnicity, employment status, and sexual orientation are all related to health and health outcomes for a number of Americans, according to a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The "CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013," is the second CDC report that highlights differences in mortality and disease risk for multiple conditions related to behaviors, access to health care, and social determinants of health – the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, age, and work.

The latest report looks at disparities in deaths and illness, use of health care, behavioral risk factors for disease, environmental hazards, and social determinants of health. This year’s report contains 10 new topics including access to healthier foods, activity limitations due to chronic diseases, asthma attacks, fatal and nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses, health-related quality of life, periodontitis in adults, residential proximity to major highways, tuberculosis, and unemployment.

Some of the report’s key findings include:

  • The overall birth rate for teens 15-19 years old fell dramatically -- by 18 percent -- from 2007 to 2010.  Birth rate disparities also decreased because the rates fell by more among racial and ethnic minority populations that had higher rates.  However, across states, there was wide variation, from no significant change to a 30 percent reduction in the rate from 2007 to 2010.
  • Working in a high risk occupation -- an occupation in which workers are more likely than average to be injured or become ill -- is more likely among those who are Hispanic, are low wage earners, were born outside of the United States, have no education beyond high school, or are male.
  • Binge drinking is more common among persons aged 18-34 years, men, non-Hispanic whites, and persons with higher household incomes.
  • While the number of new tuberculosis cases in the United States decreased 58 percent from 1992 to 2010, tuberculosis continues to disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities, including foreign-born individuals.
    The report also underscores the need for more consistent data on population characteristics that have often been lacking in health surveys, such as disability status and sexual orientation.  To help ensure that such data are more available in the future, the Affordable Care Act required the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a set of uniform data collection standards for national population health surveys.  These standards were published in 2011.

The full "CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013" and related information on the individual chapters is available at http://www.cdc.gov/DisparitiesAnalytics.  

Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is once again spotlighting year-round enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for eligible children and parents. HHS posted a blog by CMCS Director Vikki Wachino and promoted the blog through two HHS eNewsletters; it also distributed a “Campaign Notes” eNewsletter to promote the “Spring Wave” and it sent out another eNewsletter to promote Vikki’s blog; a four-week advertising flight of 60-second radio ads – English radio ads will run in the five target markets for the National Campaign (Corpus Christi, Dallas, Jacksonville, Las Vegas and Tampa; Spanish radio ads will run in Corpus Christi, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Tampa); an RMT is taking place in the five target markets with the Connecting Kids to Coverage grantees in those markets serving as spokespeople.

Through a “Twitter Storm” and other social media activity, CMS has also started the Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign – Spring Wave to spread the word online that enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is open year- round. This social media toolkit equips organizations across the country with the Campaign’s resources and includes basic instructions for participating in the Twitter Storm, ready-to-post tweets and engaging graphics in English and Spanish to share on both Twitter and Facebook. Tweets link to resources and outreach and enrollment strategies for organizations and consumers – just use the content that makes sense for your followers.

Resources for Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign include: