LEGISLATION UPDATE

Commerce and Energy Committee Subcommittee on Health in the US House of Representatives Jan. 9th Hearing on Extender Policy related to SGR repeal included call for extension of health workforce funding (Health Care Opportunity Program) from DOL, MCH programs and Low Income Medicare funding, among other policies.

National Health Service Corps – which has been a great success in increasing support for Hispanic physicians who have enormous debts in medical school addressing how to develop a national mentoring program with the Corps health professionals.  Could it be that the future recruitment efforts for new Hispanic medical students will be taken up by this program?

More than six million Americans have enrolled in healthcare insurance through their State’s Marketplace or have been found eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The following are all the forms about health insurance:

http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/publications-and-articles.html

NHMA Physicians participate in January White House Media Calls for the States of Texas, Florida and Arizona which do not have their own State Marketplaces with high Hispanic populations -  about the Affordable Care Act and enrolling for health insurance. Hispanics have been the highest proportion of uninsured and it is important to educate our communities about the need for investing in their family’s health care needs with insurance protection.

CuidadoDeSalud.gov is now LIVE and working for our Spanish Speaking Americans interested in understanding health care insurance options and signing up for 2014 coverage in those states that do not have their own Marketplace. 

NHMA lends its support to the Amicus Briefs of the National Health Law Program for the upcoming  US Supreme Court Case on Contraceptive Insurance Coverage - for the important issue of ensuring that women can get comprehensive contraceptive coverage without interference from their employers. This is another example of decreasing healthcare disparities for Latinas who are amongst the poorest women in the nation, needing assistance with primary health care through health insurance.

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NEW - NHMA signs agreement to partner with VME Media – PBS Network in Spanish – for an NHMA HEALTH TV SHOW in 2014 that will be broadcast across the U.S.  NHMA Members interested in serving as advisors, editors of content and interviewees ---please contact John Aguilar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or call the NHMA Office at (202) 628-5895.  Corporate partners interested in supporting the TV Show Project – please contact Dr. Elena Rios.

NEW NHMA California Leadership Fellowship, supported by the California Wellness Foundation – executive leadership program for 10 Physicians in mid-career (5  years post training) from California.  We are seeking those interested in gaining knowledge and skills to become State and Regional leaders in health care that impacts the Latino population. Application is up on website at www.nhmamd.org. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2014.

Sacramento Institute will be May 7-8, 2014 where Fellows will learn about State Policy development and the role of stakeholders to reform health policy and programs and the introduction to Legislators and their healthcare priority legislation issues, State government committees and appointments.  The Fellows will also have a Washington, DC Institute for a day prior to the 3 day NHMA Conference at the end of March, 2015. Doctors who participate must attend both sessions.

NEW NHMA Influenza Campaign for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers to collect information on best practices among Hispanic physicians, to publish a ToolKit for dissemination across the country and on our websites, at the NHMA Conference – need Advisory Committee now – Contact John Aguilar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHMA – HHS OMH Hispanic Leadership Institute at the NHMA Conference 2014 will include How to Expand Leadership of Corporate Boards of Directors with healthcare professionals who are needed to guide the development of employee health and wellness programs.

NHMA Mentoring Programs --- If you would like to volunteer to be a Mentor for our future healthcare workforce: contact Veronica Ramirez,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Medical Students and Public Health Students -  GE- NHMA Health Professional Student Leadership and Mentoring Program and selected 50 talented students who are now in the program ---and will be sharing their preceptorships and mentoring lessons learned at the NHMA Conference 2014 in Washington, DC, March 27-30, 2014.

NHMA Council of Residents Mentoring Program available for residents and physicians interested in participating either in your region or at the NHMA Conference 2014.  Applications due January 31, 2014.

Undergraduate Premedical Students Mentoring Program – again, we need medical students to be mentors to assist the next generation applying to medical school. Connect to Veronica today!

Responsibilities include monthly email discussions with your student mentee about his/her goals for the year to prepare the mentee for his/her next stage of health career advancement.  Reporting is quarterly and a tracking of the outcomes for the mentees is maintained at NHMA.

NHMA 2014 CONFERENCE – “ACA and Best Practices for Hispanics”  

AGENDA AT A GLANCE:  Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

March 28

Breakfast Symposia

Congressional Visits and Advocacy Meetings,

Lunch in Exhibit Hall     

Opening Plenary with US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, CMS Administrator, NIH Director (all invited) followed by Presidents of Medical Associations Response Panel

Workshops – ACA Best Practices

Reception – Women in Medicine

NHHF Board of Directors and Corporate Advisory Board Meetings

March 29 

Cancer Treatment Centers of America;  HIV/HepC Breakfast Symposia

Insurance Company and Health System ACO and Patient Centered Medical Home Innovations

Luncheon Keynote on Health Research from NIH

Workshops on Technology, Apps, Chronic Disease Management/Research, Prevention and Wellness, and new Cultural Competence Medical Education Programs, Journal of NHMA development, and more

Gala Awards Dinner – RWJF President invited to serve as keynote speaker; Latino Health Awards Presentations;  Physician of the Year: Richard Izquierdo, MD of the Bronx; Fellow of the Year: Nellie Correa, MD of the Bronx.

March 30 

NHMA Health Professional Leadership Institute – How to Become a White House Appointee to National Commissions, How to become a Federal employee,  and How to Become a Corporate Board Member – with White House Staff, Corporate CEOs, Executive Search Firm representatives.

Register Now at www.nhmamd.org, Reserve your hotel; sign up for Posters, Recruiter Tables, Exhibit Hall to Advance Health Professions careers and share Hispanic healthcare programs and Sponsorship Opportunities information – for workshop sessions, special events, travel for students to attend. Call Dr. Rios (202-628-5895) if interested in sponsoring or Veronica Ramirez if interested in presenting or posters about research, service or innovations/best practices in health care delivery to share with hospital and medical group leaders from across the nation.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Welcome to our New Members of NHHF Board of Directors:

Roberto Clemente Jr, President, RCJ Global; Beatriz Mallory, President, HispanAmerica; and Russell Bennett, Director, Latino Health Solutions, United HealthCare

Welcome to our New Corporate Board Members:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Medical Director: Esteban Lopez, MD, San Antonio (representing Health Care Corporation Services); Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Russell Williams, Chicago; EMD Serono; and Goya.

NHMA Members on White House Media Calls: Dr. Jose Luna, private practice doctor in El Paso, Texas; Dr. Rene Pulido; Primary Care doctor in Jacksonville, Florida and Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, faculty member and cancer doctor in Tucson, Arizona represent NHMA on White House State Media Calls. 

NHMA President/CEO Dr. Rios joins the Multicultural Advisory Board of Wellpoint for the next 2 years to develop Latino programs targeting all areas of health care insurance outreach for Latino consumers in California, Georgia, New York and other states under Wellpoint.

NHMA starting an NHMA Technology Interest Group from members to meet in February to work with partners on developing apps, technology ideas for delivery of care to Latino populations and services to future physicians such as mentoring. If interested, contact John Aguilar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join NHMA and get involved with a unique network of young physicians, residents and physicians and other health professionals who are making changes for healthcare delivered to our Latino populations!  Join now and get discounts to our Annual Conference registration and have access to leadership opportunities! Go to www.nhmamd.org today.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s (OMHRC) Resource Persons Network (RPN) is a group of professionals who volunteer their services on an as-needed basis in support of OMHRC's mission to improve the health status of racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S., as well as the knowledge of knowing that their outreach efforts will help, inspire, and create a difference in the minority populations served. Depending on the organization's needs, RP's will be needed to provide technical assistance in the following areas:

  • Reviewing grant proposals
  • Speaking at conferences and workshops
  • Serving as an advisor to committees and work groups
  • Assisting with program/organizational development
  • Offering guidance on preparing reports and speeches

NHMA encourages its members to go to the omh.gov website.

NHMA is partnering with CANOPY for its Online Medical Spanish Course

As many of you have heard, we are announcing additions to our partnership with Canopy, an NIH funded health tech company that develops tools to help healthcare providers to work better with patients who do not speak English. These include:

-a standardized online curriculum for providers to learn Medical Spanish (used by institutions like UCLA and Duke)

-the first Medical Spanish certification exam for bilingual physicians/ nurses/ physician extenders

-a new free iOS medical translator app in over a dozen languages (Spanish, Chinese, Korean, etc) to help you work quickly with patients who do not speak English.

Go to www.canopyapps.com/partners/nhma to learn more.

The Affordable Care Act New Health Insurance Marketplace Program:

Most Americans are now by law required to purchase healthcare insurance and if they don’t will be subject to Income Tax fees.

Consumers can apply for coverage in the Marketplace in several ways: online at HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov; over the phone by calling the 24/7 customer service center (1-800-318-2596, TTY 1-855-889-4325 available in English and Spanish, and with translation in 150 other languages); working with a trained person in your local community (Find Local Help); or by submitting a paper application by mail. You can download the paper application form and instructions from HealthCare.gov.

If you have a Cancelled Health Insurance Policy, Call: 1-866-837-0677

For those who do not purchase health care insurance in 2014, you could be subject to the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment:

2014 Income Taxes - $95 per adult; $47.50 per child or 1% of your income, whichever is higher;

2016 Income Taxes - $695/person or 2.5% income, whichever is higher

Go to HealthCare.gov for enrollment to the ACA Marketplace Insurance Plans – for those uninsured living in states without their own Marketplace and not eligible for Medicaid.  We urge you to sign-up now for health care insurance. Open enrollment ends March 31, 1014.


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