Health advocates share the hope that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the racial and ethnic health disparities that remain realities in today’s health care system. These disparities transcend age, gender, and ailment.
The Health Equity and Accountability Act: Improving Collection of Racial and Ethnic Data to Reduce Health Disparities
Racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to suffer from disparities in health status and their access to quality health care. Health advocates have long argued that one key prerequisite to lessening these disparities (achieving health equity) is to quantify the problem through better data collection and analysis across the health care field. The Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA), which sets out a comprehensive and ambitious strategy to tackle health disparities, would also make big improvements to data collection.
Our infographic shows how a consumer’s costs vary depending on the provider he or she chooses for a sample medical procedure that is subject to reference pricing.
Explains how reference pricing programs, when implemented in consumer-friendly ways, can minimize price variation and encourage consumers to shop for care based on price and quality.
Although the Affordable Care Act now offers individuals greatly expanded access to health coverage, simply having an insurance card does not guarantee access to high-quality health care.
What makes up an “adequate” network of health care providers for consumers from diverse racial and ethnic groups? Our new brief describes policies to help achieve such networks—and strategies to put these policies in place.
Defines what quality health care is and explains why measuring health care quality is important. Discusses five ways that quality measurement can improve health care.
Communities of color continue to face a limited availability of health care providers and facilities. By including at minimum these seven features in their provider networks, insurers can help consumers in communities of color gain access to timely, high-quality, language-accessible, culturally competent health care.
Designing Silver Health Plans with Affordable Out-of-Pocket Costs for Lower- and Moderate-Income Consumers
This brief identifies silver plan designs that make the upfront cost for care more affordable. You’ll also find policy and advocacy strategies to help advocates and policy makers effectively promote similar plan designs in other marketplaces across the country.
Consumers, employers, and policymakers all need greater transparency in health care pricing. Learn what federal and state policymakers can do to improve access to health care price information.