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January 2016

Why Getting Health Insurance Matters for African Americans

African Americans are more likely to have certain health problems than whites. Finding and treating these problems early can make a huge difference. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance plans must cover preventive services for free.

November 18, 2015

Health Insurance Is Key to Addressing Native American Health Disparities

Yasmin Peled

Health Equity Intern

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time for the country to remember and honor the histories, contributions, and struggles of the 566 federally recognized tribes and the 5.4 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) living in the United States. November is also the first month of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 2016 marketplace coverage. While the federal government is obligated to provide health care to Native Americans through the Indian Health Service (IHS), this blog explains why getting marketplace coverage is a good idea for many AI/AN consumers.

October 13, 2015

Data Show Affordable Care Act Coverage Greatly Improves Latinos’ Access to Health Care

Nygel Williams

Villers Fellow

During Hispanic Heritage Month we recognize the various contributions of our nation’s largest minority group and celebrate how far Latinos have advanced. This month is also a time to reflect on the fact that too many Latino communities lack the opportunities to live safe and healthy lives that are the foundation for building a strong, self-sufficient future. The good news is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is helping more Hispanics obtain health insurance than ever before.

October 8, 2015

World Mental Health Day: Tackling Stigma and Highlighting Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Yasmin Peled

Health Equity Intern

This week is National Mental Illness Awareness Week, and on October 10, health advocates around the world will observe World Mental Health Day. These events draw attention to the prevalence of behavioral health conditions and seek to combat the stigma that surrounds them. Communities of color in the United States face significant mental health disparities and greater barriers in getting the treatment they need. Fortunately, one way the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is improving the health care system is by requiring most health plans to offer free depression screenings as a preventive health service.

August 19, 2015

Kentucky’s Medicaid Expansion Yields Coverage and Access to Important Preventive Care

Two recent reports illustrate how residents of Kentucky are benefiting from Medicaid expansion. Not only has the state experienced one of the largest drops in its uninsured rate in the country, it's also seen a substantial increase in Medicaid enrollees’ use of preventive health care.

Last week’s Gallup poll indicates that states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw larger decreases in their uninsured rates than states that did not. This coverage means access to care, which includes preventive services that help keep people healthy and health care costs low.

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