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.
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.
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.
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.
The political debate over the new health law has been hijacked by opponents who claim that the new law is "un-American," even saying that the founding fathers would have been against the legislation. This accusation couldn't be farther from the truth. Let's take a look at Thomas Jefferson as an example.
For the past month, Families USA's Stand Up for Health Care has been sharing some of our historical health care heroes, outlining their views on how access to quality, affordable health care is a foundation for a more just society.
Last week we celebrated September 23, the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. On September 23, several consumer protection provisions took effect, bettering the lives of millions of Americans. Although it hasn’t been discussed much, these provisions and other parts of the health reform law will have a special positive effect on the lives of the millions of Americans suffering from mental health or substance use disorders.
Senator Tom Harkin was recently quoted in a New York Times article saying, "We don't have a health care system in America. We have a sick care system. If you get sick, you get care. But precious little is spent to keep people healthy in the first place."
It’s become clear that opponents of health reform will stop at nothing as they try to repeal the Affordable Care Act in an attempt to score political points. Before the mid-term election dust had even settled, new members of Congress were making the rounds, speaking loudly—and often—about repealing the legislation.