"Of all the forms of inequality,
injustice in health care is the most
shocking and inhumane."
– Dr. Martin Luther King
Racial and ethnic minorities in the United States are more likely to be uninsured, receive lower-quality care, and suffer from worse health outcomes. While the causes of health disparities are complex, the Affordable Care Act provides an historic opportunity to tackle one of the biggest barriers to health care for millions of people of color in this country: lack of health insurance.
The time to act is now to make sure that the communities that need it the most sign up starting October 1 to take advantage of the new health coverage options offered by the Affordable Care Act, as well as the financial help to pay for them.
Families USA is proud to have partnered with NAACP, NCLR, and the National Urban League to produce materials that are simple and easy to understand in English and Spanish. These materials are designed to help consumers understand the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, particularly in the African American and Latino communities, and to make it easier for everyone to sign up for coverage and pick the plan that is best for them.
The New Health Insurance Options: for African Americans
From Families USA:
Health Reform and You is a brochure that explains the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for families, with a focus on how the law will help Latinos. (April 2013)
Language Access Checklist for Marketplace Implementation provides recommendations that advocates can use to encourage their states to address the needs of consumers with limited English proficiency in health insurance marketplaces. (March 2013)
At Risk in the Budget Battle: Health Care for Communities of Color illustrates the disproportionate impact deficit reduction could have on communities of color. This fact sheet demonstrates how protecting Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act are important for advancing health equity. (December 2012)
From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:
The Roadmap to Reduce Disparities is an infographic that shows a six-step process for integrating work to reduce disparities into all efforts to improve the quality of health care. The six steps are linking quality and equality, creating a culture of equity, diagnosing the disparity, designing the activity, securing buy-in, and implementing change. (January 2013)
Health Equity Connection: This monthly newsletter is designed to keep advocates connected to the most pressing issues affecting minority health. Topics include the latest resources in minority health, how major health policy issues (including health reform) affect communities of color, and comments from leaders in the field of racial and ethnic health disparities.
Let Your Voice Be Heard
If you have questions about minority health, or if you have suggestions about topics that you'd like to see addressed on our website, please let us know. For more information about Families USA and our work in health equity, contact Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Health Equity Director, at 202-628-3030.
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