Disparities among communities of color persist in our nation. People of color are more likely than whites to lack health insurance, to receive lower-quality care, and to experience worse health outcomes.
Explores the many ways the Affordable Care Act helps eliminate health disparities by improving access to health care for communities of color.
Reviews key considerations to keep in mind when designing programs to help consumers understand and enroll in health insurance, including funding, location, outreach, scope, staffing, and training.
Highlights the major changes the Affordable Care Act will make to health coverage and care, such as expanding Medicaid, creating health insurance marketplaces, and providing new consumer protections.
Brian Smedley from the Health Policy Institute and Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies moderated the discussion and Chinwe Onyekere from Project HEALTH and Carol Bryant Payne from the Department of Housing and Urban Development shared how they approached this issue and some of the success they've had.
Did you know that over 4 million people in this country were born with a right to health care? Through treaties, American Indians and Alaska Natives were guaranteed the right to health care and protection from the United States government in exchange for land.
People suffering from mental illnesses need access to appropriate medications and the right providers so that they can live productive and fulfilling lives. However, insurance companies have traditionally discriminated against individuals who need mental health services by placing more restrictive barriers—like higher co-pays or lower limits on hospital stays—on mental health services than on medical or surgical services.
This post was written by Robert Kraig of Citizen Action Wisconsin and has been cross-posted on their website.
Did you know that African Americans are two times more likely to have diabetes than whites? Or that Latina women diagnosed with lung or breast cancer are diagnosed in later stages and have lower survival rates than white women with the same condition?
These alarming statistics are just a few of the racial and ethnic health disparities that are present in our current health care system. A big chunk of inequity can be attributed to sky-high health care costs and lack of access.
Discusses the gaps in the current health coverage system in each state and explains how the Affordable Care Act will fill those gaps and help state residents.