LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Congressional Hispanic Caucus announces new chairwoman, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez and co-chairman, Congressman Tony Cardenas – both of Los Angeles area. Congresswoman Sanchez is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee with oversight of Medicare and Medicaid and Tax Policy.  Congressman Cardenas has been appointed to the House Committee on Commerce and Energy which handles major healthcare program policy.

New Surgeon General, Vivek Murphy, MD, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 5, 2014.  We look forward to working with Dr. Murphy on reducing the many health disparities facing our Hispanic community.

U.S. Supreme Court to review the Affordable Care Act in June - whether the ACA, as written, bars the federal government from helping people buy health insurance if they live in one of the 34 states that haven’t created  insurance marketplaces. Or was the law poorly written.

A new Urban Institute report found that if the Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration, it would force the federal government to withdraw subsidies worth $28.8 billion from 9.3 million people in 34 states in 2016. Because individual insurance plans would be significantly less affordable to many, healthier people would drop coverage, leaving more sick people in the individual insurance market and causing premiums to rise by 35%. The number of uninsured people in those 34 states would rapidly spike by 8.2 million people, a 44% increase from the number of people who would be uninsured in these states if the court left the policy alone. And many people would end up paying a lot out-of-pocket for worse coverage, with possibly very high deductibles on top of high premiums.  In that circumstance, the federal government might exempt people from the health insurance mandate in affected states. This would force premiums up by 72 percent rather than 35 percent, and rates of coverage would plummet further. States could avoid this fate by setting up their own marketplaces into which federal subsidies could legally flow. But they would have to move to do so immediately, and they wouldn’t be able to get federal grants to help create new marketplaces, which were only available in an earlier stage of the law’s phase-in. Of course, many of these states do not have the political will to so.

Uninsured rate in the U.S. dropped to 11.3 percent by mid-year 2014 – down from end of 2013 (first enrollment period had started for the ACA) that was 13.4 percent or 42 million people. Hispanics are now estimated at 23 percent down from historical trends of over 33 percent.  (source: Current Population Reports, US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 2014)

 

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE- visit www.nhmamd.org for more information on all our programs

NHMA Foundation (National Hispanic Health Foundation) –  National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Programs 2014 – We had another very successful year in which we awarded $138K in scholarships and additional funds $200K for the planning, consultants and costs of the program including two bi-coastal Gala Events and mentoring program for 20 Scholars. Thank you to all our Partners!!! For additional information please visit: www.nhmafoundation.org.

NHMA Annual Conference – “Effective Strategies to Build Health Care for Hispanics in our Local Communities”

Please join us at our Annual Hispanic Health Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC from March 26-29, 2015.  CME credits to be provided by New York Academy of Medicine.  Registration is now open at www.nhmamd.org.

Sponsors and Exhibitors – Please contact Dr. Elena Rios at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today for additional information. 

Conference Events Highlights:

Thursday, March 26th: Opening Reception

Friday, March 27th: Financial Planning Breakfast, Capitol Hill Visits; Lunch in Exhibit Hall; Opening Plenary with Secretary Burwell (invited), CMS Speaker on National Updates – Workshops on Clinical Updates, Research, Medical Education, Policy Issues

Saturday, March 28th: Cancer Breakfast Symposium, Plenary on Immigration Policy for our Communities and Health, Exhibit Hall, Lunch Plenary Session with the First Lady Office, American Beverage Association, NHHF and Kellogg Foundation, Surgeon General

Sunday, March 29th: Leadership Institute - “How to Prepare for Leadership Positions” – Speaker include CEOs from National Companies, Executive Search Firm

Conference Speaker Update: Sandra Hernandez, MD, President and CEO, California HealthCare Foundation is confirmed to as our keynote speaker at the NHMA Awards Gala on Saturday, March 28th

NHMA Summit on Diversity in Medicine and Research – invitational summit on January 28-29, 2015 at NIH in collaboration with the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities and Kaiser Permanente. The event is invitational only, and the results will be national policy recommendations to build the policy voice of the NMA, AAIP, NCAPIP and NHMA in 2015.  Special thanks to our partners: NIHMD and Kaiser Permanente.

NHHF Child Obesity Project – supported by the WK Kellogg Foundation

NHHF/NHMA Physician Team from California and New York had meetings with the Surgeon General planned this month and follow-up on meeting with the First Lady Let’s Move Campaign to discuss our NHHF Early Childhood Obesity Summit Recommendations. Next steps include meetings in NY and CA and with TV and radio media to continue building the education and outreach efforts.

NHMA Mentoring Programs - GE Program for Medical Students announces 50 mentoring teams this week with orientation webinars next week. Mentoring purpose is to increase awareness of the importance of primary care careers in Hispanic community healthcare. Thank you to all Students and Mentors for 2015!  Please join us at the NHMA Annual Conference Leadership Institute.

NHMA Mentors needed for our Council of Young Physicians and Council of Residents -- if you are interested in signing up please complete the following form: https://docs.google.com/a/nhmamd.org/forms/d/1dVWwgJl-jSFppj9YlVFF0AIBQljZvom5XHCerjZUlQY/viewform

NHMA Government Affairs - NHMA President, Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, will speak on the importance of health care for our elderly through the Medicare Advantage Program for Congressional Briefing January 14, 2015 to educate Congress staffers on the importance of Hispanic healthcare in health policy for Medicare Advantage. Other speakers include the California Primary Care Group, Senior Coalition and others.

NHMA Summit Series on Hepatitis C -- Planning is underway with Abbvie.  We will host three summits in Austin, Texas in May, Los Angeles in June, in Washington, DC.  Hepatitis C is an emerging epidemic in our communities and health education and outreach needed with our policy-makers, healthcare and community leaders. Please join us!  Interested health professionals, community leaders interested in being invited please contact Kessia Cruz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-628-5805.

 

NHMA MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

NHMA Council of Young Physicians – We invite all young physicians up to 5 years out of training who are interested in becoming paid members of NHMA and joining our Region and National networks

NHMA Council of Residents – We invite all residents and fellows to become paid members of NHMA in order to take advantage of our mentorship program and network with physicians at our annual conference in DC and at the Regional Forums

NHMA Health Professional Student members – We invite you to join a unique network across the nation. We have mentorship, scholarship, and networking opportunities made possible through our partners: GE Foundation and United HealthCare. 

Hispanic Pre-Medical College/University Students – In 2014, NHMA speakers addressed over 2,500 pre-med college and high school students in the East Coast (San Antonio) and West Coast (Los Angeles).  We have also matched the college students interested in applying to medical school with a mentor to help them along the application process.  The ultimate goal is to increase the number of Hispanics applying and accepted into medical school.

NHMA and LMSA-  NHMA Board Member, Dr. Kathy Flores, will be speaking in Texas at LMSA SW Regional Conference.   In addition, NHMA Council of Resident will be exhibiting at the LMSA Region Conferences: Jan. 17th in Fort Worth, Texas; April 3 in Los Angeles, and additional meetings dates TBA for the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast regions.  Also NHMA will be meeting with the National LMSA Board of Directors at the NHMA National Conference March 27-29th to discuss additional collaboration opportunities.

NHMA Members Nominations --- One of the perks of being a paid member includes opportunities to be nominated to Federal government, State government and national private sector Boards, Commissions and Conferences representing NHMA ---

Recent Speeches: Elena Rios, MD presenting testimony at a Congressional Briefing for Medicare Choices Coalition on Hispanics and Medicare Advantage on Jan. 14th – Rayburn House Office Bldg, Rm 2218,  12-1:30 pm and at the HHS Webinar for Latino Week for the ACA on Jan. 13th.

We urge you to join NHMA Today – go to www.nhmamd.org to join our network and be eligible for nominations to national federal and private sector committees and for discounts at the NHMA conferences.

                                 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The University of California Health System, School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology

The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, is recruiting for two part- or full-time academic positions at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in the Clinical X Series or Health Sciences Clinical Professor (HSCP) series based on experience and qualifications.  Completion of an accredited dermatology fellowship program is required.  The selected candidate will be expected to participate in clinical care, teaching, research, and university service. Candidates must possess an MD or MD/PhD, can be board eligible, but must be board-certified in dermatology at the time of hire, and must be eligible for medical licensure in the State of California.  This position is located in Sacramento, California.

The Department of Dermatology (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/dermatology) is a major clinical care, research, and teaching department in the School of Medicine.  Our faculty are engaged in multiple collaborations with other Schools and UC Davis campus departments, research centers, clinical centers, and primary care networks.

For full consideration, applications must be received by February 27, 2015; however, the position will remain open until filled through March 16, 2014.  The following information is required:  (1) Curriculum Vitae – your most recently updated CV, (2) Letter of Interest and (3) list of names and contact information for 5 references.  Please upload this information to apply online to:  https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00455.

The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The candidate must be able to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment.

 

DONATIONS REQUESTED:

You can donate to our organization and support the programs and activities we do to improve the health of Hispanics in two ways:

1)      Sign up for the Amazon Smile Program, selected “National Hispanic Health Foundation” and a certain percentage of each purchase will be donated to NHHF.  To sign up please click the following link: http://nhmamd.org/index.php/nhma-media/nhma-in-the-news/375-smile-your-amazon-purchases-can-now-support-nhhf

2)      Click on our “Donate Now” button on the homepages of www.nhmamd.org or www.nhmafoundation.org will take you to our donation area for tax deductible donations.

Thank you in advance for your support!


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