The partial government shutdown enters its 27th day and no end is in sight. Although major health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare are funded, this is not true for the Indian Health Services (IHS). The IHS is a health care agency run by the Department of Health and Human Services but funded by the Department of the Interior (DOI).
The ongoing effort to transform health care in the United States is an important opportunity to address racial, ethnic, and other health inequities directly and deliberately. A central pillar in delivery system and payment reform is promoting evidence-based care: incentivizing treatments with strong evidence of success and appropriate value, and disincentivizing those that are not supported by a strong evidence base.
The Health Equity Task Force for Delivery and Payment Transformation’s Top 19 Recommendations for 2019 and Beyond.
November is Native American Heritage month. It’s a time to celebrate the rich history, culture, and traditions of American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), and elevate the many contributions they have made to our nation. But to truly honor American Indians and Alaska Natives, we must work together to eliminate the profound health inequities AI/AN people face, and ensure that our government honors their treaty responsibilities to ensure the health and welfare of these communities.
Racial and ethnic health inequities undermine our communities and our health care system. Our infographic shows some of the more prevalent health inequities that afflict Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the United States (compared to non-Hispanic whites).
Racial and ethnic health inequities undermine our communities and our health care system. Our infographic shows some of the more prevalent health inequities that afflict American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States (compared to non-Hispanic whites).
The new Families USA report A Case for Solidarity: Common Challenges Involving Health and Health Care in the United States reveals that, among both whites and people of color, in rural and urban areas alike, working-class women are particularly likely to experience serious problems with poor health and unaffordable health care.
New research reveals that, among both whites and people of color, in rural and urban areas alike, working-class women are particularly likely to experience serious problems with poor health and unaffordable health care.
On October 10, 2018, the Trump administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would make it much harder for immigrants to obtain visas (including visas to study or work in the U.S.), extend their visas, or adjust their status to become lawful permanent residents.
Financial Support for Safety Net and Small Community Providers to Participate in Delivery System Reform: Medicaid-Based Options for States.
As efforts continue to remedy the failures of our health care system by changing how providers are paid and care delivery is organized, it is imperative that achieving health equity be included in the equation. Unfortunately, health system transformation efforts have largely ignored one of our health care system’s most fundamentally wasteful and unfair problems: persistent racial, ethnic, and geographic health and health care inequities. So instead of leveraging the opportunity of health system transformation to accelerate achieving health equity and better health and health care for all, unintended consequences could actually be making inequities worse.