Did you know that American Indian & Alaska Natives are 15% more likely to have heart disease as non-Hispanic whites? Learn about some of the common health disparities affecting the American Indians & Alaska Natives.
Did you know that Latinos are six times as likely to have tuberculosis as non-Hispanic whites? Learn about some of the common health disparities affecting Latinos.
The success of the Affordable Care Act’s first enrollment period is clear: More than 8 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage through the health insurance marketplaces since last October. Among different racial and ethnic groups, however, increases in health insurance coverage varied widely. African and Asian Americans enrolled at relatively high rates, while Hispanic enrollment was lower. The results from the first enrollment period tell us that minority enrollment is on the upswing, but there is more work to do.
As the 2014 college graduation season draws to a close, young adults are saying goodbye to their alma maters and entering the working world. Many face the challenge of securing their first full-time job at a time when the economy is uncertain and jobs are scarce. The vast majority of recent graduates—racial and ethnic minorities in particular—start their working lives under the shadow of significant educational debt. As if that weren’t enough, many of these former students also face losing the health insurance that they purchased through their college or university.
It is important that recent graduates understand that the Affordable Care Act gives young adults affordable options for securing coverage—including access to the financial help available through the health insurance marketplace.
Although the Affordable Care Act now offers individuals greatly expanded access to health coverage, simply having an insurance card does not guarantee access to high-quality health care.
In honor of National Minority Health Month, Families USA, the Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum, the National Council of La Raza, and the National Urban League have joined forces to promote the power of prevention to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.
April is National Minority Health Month, and this year’s theme is “Prevention Is Power.” With the first open enrollment period behind us, it’s a good time to discuss how the Affordable Care Act provides not just better health coverage options, but also the tools to help us reduce the health disparities among racial and ethnic minority communities.
Communities of color face grave disparities in health and health care that undermine the well-being of families and their financial futures. Compared to non-Hispanic whites, people of color are more likely to get sick with certain conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, and certain cancers. And when they do develop these diseases, they tend to be more likely to lead to complications and even premature death. This is especially true for common chronic diseases that are preventable and that can be effectively managed if detected early.
Data shows that African Americans suffer more from certain health conditions than non-Hispanic whites.
Health information technology (HealthIT) offers many powerful tools in the fight to eliminate disparities in the delivery of care and health outcomes. From identifying variation in care delivery and outcomes by demographic group to harnessing the power of mobile devices to collect and share health data, the opportunities to leverage HealthIT in the promotion of health equity are plentiful.
Federal Laws Prohibit Government from Using Health Insurance Application Information for Deportation
As the March 31 deadline approaches for enrolling in health insurance in the marketplace, we would like to address one concern that could be unnecessarily holding back hundreds of thousands of families: fear of deportation.
Many families are concerned that in an effort to do the right and responsible thing—enrolling their (eligible) family members in health coverage—they will inadvertently cause someone else in the family to get deported. These families are known as “mixed status” families because they include people with different immigration statuses.
According to new data released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Latinos—the racial and ethnic group with the highest uninsured rate in the nation—have much to gain from the Affordable Care Act. And yet, anecdotal evidence suggests that this population is not enrolling for health coverage at the level that one would expect for a group with such high numbers of uninsured.