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DEARBORN: ACCESS increases push for diabetics to enroll in federal health care plan (Arab-Americans)
The Dearborn Press & Guide ^ | November 19, 2013 | Joe Slezak

Posted on 11/19/2013 9:53:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Dr. Adnan Hammad, senior director of ACCESS’ Community Health and Research Center, said the nonprofit social service agency is honored to be a Affordable Care Act navigator. “We really believe health care is a human right, not a privilege,” he said.

A study conducted by ACCESS and Wayne State University found an alarming health statistic: The rate of Arab-Americans with diabetes is triple the rate of other groups.

As a result, ACCESS and Enroll America are teaming to increase the number of people enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

Gary Dougherty, the state advocacy director for the American Diabetes Association, said more than 1 million Michigan residents have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 2.6 million are prediabetic, meaning their blood sugar is higher than normal. But, only 7 percent of those people are aware they’re prediabetic.

He also said that in 2012, at least $8 billion was spent on diabetic medical costs in the state.

ACCESS — founded as the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services — shortened its name several years ago to reflect that it serves people from all walks of life. But, its main office is in the city’s South End, which is overwhelmingly composed of Arab-Americans.

ACCESS was one of four Detroit-area groups to receive a grant to be part of the state’s Navigator program to enroll people in the Affordable Care Act. The others are Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, Community Bridges Management Inc. and American Indian Health and Family Services of SE Michigan Inc.

Dr. Adnan Hammad, senior director of ACCESS’ Community Health and Research Center, said the nonprofit social service agency is honored to be a navigator.

“We really believe health care is a human right, not a privilege,” he said in a conference call Tuesday.

He said it’s “painful” to see so many people suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, and many have died from them. Many people, he said, couldn’t afford health insurance, so their problems weren’t diagnosed.

The Affordable Care Act is “urgently needed,” he said, giving people the chance to afford to see a primary-care physician.

“This is going to be a new era,” Hammad said. “This era will provide an opportunity to have long, healthy lives.”

He said, though, that he’s talked to people who don’t believe the plan will be affordable.

“You never know if you don’t try,” Hammad said.

One of ACCESS’ part-time navigators, Whitney Litzner, said the Affordable Care Act is a godsend for her. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a child and will soon turn 26, when she’ll no longer be eligible for her parents’ health insurance plan. Without insurance, she estimated her diabetic-related costs to be $35,000 annually.

The Shelby Township resident said when she and her father began researching health care plans, they hit a wall. She was told she was “uninsurable. I cost too much.” She said she took a “sigh of relief” when the Affordable Care Act came along because those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes can’t be denied coverage.

Litzner said despite problems with the Affordable Care Act’s website, www.healthcare.gov, she was able to enroll online. She said she plans to soon choose one of the plans.

Coverage begins Jan. 1, and enrollment runs through March 31. Hammad said ACCESS’ navigators had assisted 1,605 clients as of Nov. 7, despite the website’s problems. Many of those are Dearborn residents, though ACCESS is open to all.

“We hope the website will be fully operational,” Hammad said. “This doesn’t affect ACCESS’ operations.”

That’s because the agency has been filling out paperwork for its clients.

To meet with an ACCESS navigator, visit www.accesshealthcaremichigan.org or call 1-888-670-6798.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: islam; michigan; navigators; obamacare

1 posted on 11/19/2013 9:53:06 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Litzner said despite problems with the Affordable Care Act’s website, www.healthcare.gov, she was able to enroll online. She said she plans to soon choose one of the plans.”

Another Medicaid enrollee.


2 posted on 11/19/2013 10:01:20 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FYI - the first Arabs who moved to the Detroit area were Christians fleeing the vast muslim-caused problems in the middle east.


3 posted on 11/19/2013 11:07:31 PM PST by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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FYI - That doesn’t appear to be the case here:

“Dr. Adnan Hammad [DS: an openly anti-Israel Palestinian Muslim who is a fan of HAMAS and Hezbollah], a director for the Dearborn-based group, formally known as the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services.”
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/66133/obamacare-not-working-hezbollah-muslims-hardest-hit/


4 posted on 11/19/2013 11:41:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: Slyfox

Muslim arabs are widely outnumbered by middle eastern Christians in the Detroit area now.


5 posted on 11/20/2013 5:14:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
>>>The rate of Arab-Americans with diabetes is triple the rate of other groups. racial?
6 posted on 11/20/2013 5:40:01 AM PST by SIRTRIS
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Wonder if the doc actually talks to women patients? The ME doc I was assigned when I went in for a colon infection, threw the ER, would only speak with my husband. Not me the patient. And he did not know the difference between the need for Preridium(sp?) rather than a need for the other usual suspect when women are put on antibiotics, yeast infection.

Even with no medical background I know the difference, being 65 and having 4 children, you learn a lot about your body.

These are the doctors that will replace those who quit over 0care. Why do you think the amnesty bill is so loaded up with visas?


7 posted on 11/20/2013 6:05:18 AM PST by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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I have a friend who had a ME doctor for years. She liked him because she could push him around. He didn’t like dealing with her so would just give her what she wanted to get her out of there.


8 posted on 11/20/2013 7:39:05 AM PST by sheana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I meant in the beginning it was only Arab Christians.


9 posted on 11/20/2013 7:50:09 AM PST by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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