Issue Brief
September 2010

How the Affordable Care Act Helps Communities of Color

The Affordable Care Act is designed to expand health coverage, improve quality, and reduce costs. The new law also provides a critical foundation for addressing racial and ethnic health disparities.

This series explores how the Affordable Care Act will reduce health disparities by improving access to care for communities of color. For example, the law will:

  • expand Medicaid
  • eliminate denials of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions
  • increase funding for community health centers
  • promote culturally and linguistically appropriate services

You can also find out how many people in each state will be able to get expanded Medicaid coverage or help paying for coverage through health insurance exchanges, with the data broken down by race and ethnicity.