New data reveal that because of Medicaid expansion, Kentucky residents are getting more life-saving screenings and other essential preventive health services, which leads to early diagnoses and higher success rates of treatment. Kentucky has grappled with some of the lowest health rankings in the country (for instance, in 2013, it ranked 50 in cancer deaths and 45 overall). But when the state accepted federal dollars to expand Medicaid to more of its residents, Kentucky began to work toward better health outcomes. In the months since Medicaid expansion, Kentucky has seen significant progress.
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, more Americans can afford quality health insurance. However, having health insurance does not always equal having access to high-quality health care. This is especially true for people of color, who historically have had to grapple with racial and ethnic health disparities. Many people of color continue to face barriers to obtaining high-quality health care, and our nation’s health is closely tied to addressing these obstacles.
Did you know that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are 80 percent more likely to die of liver cancer compared to non-Hispanic Whites? Learn about some of the common health disparities affecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
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.
Data shows that African Americans suffer more from certain health conditions than non-Hispanic whites.
Enrollment workers wear many hats, but one of the most important aspects of their job is helping consumers choose a plan that meets both their financial and health care needs. With all the different variables involved, it can be a daunting task. To help, our Enrollment Assister Network held a webinar to discuss how to help consumers understand and compare health plans.
Access to affordable health coverage is important for everyone, but it is a particularly salient issue for women. Women more often manage multiple chronic conditions and pay more than men in out-of-pocket costs, which makes them particularly vulnerable to health care costs. As a result, their health care needs go unmet, with women routinely foregoing needed services and care. Before the Affordable Care Act, one in four women reported going without needed health care because they could not afford it.
Under the Affordable Care Act, no American can be denied coverage, charged a higher monthly premium, or sold a policy that excludes coverage of important health services just because he or she has a pre-existing condition. This is called pre-existing condition discrimination, and without the provisions in the Affordable Care Act that prohibit this, a lot of Americans would be affected.
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.