Find out how the 2009 reauthorization of CHIP will help children across the country and strengthen the country's health care system.
Explores the many ways the Affordable Care Act helps eliminate health disparities by improving access to health care for communities of color.
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.
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.
Both a call to action and a roadmap for progress, Families USA’s latest report, Health Reform 2.0 lays out a path for securing high-quality, affordable health care to all Americans—regardless of income, age, race, or ethnicity—and for achieving the “Triple Aim”: improving health, enhancing quality of care, and reducing health care costs.
The Senate passed an historic immigration reform bill last Thursday. While the House of Representatives still must pass a bill, this legislation could have far-reaching effects on the health of the millions of currently undocumented immigrants in our country.
More than 10 years ago, a very close loved one told me that he was HIV positive. As you can imagine, it was shocking and devastating news. Shocking, because I never thought that HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) would touch my life. It is much too common to think that it is something that affects only other people. Devastating, because the first words that popped into my mind were “AIDS,” “INCURABLE,” and “FATAL.” Just like that, in really big letters, heavy, painful, dripping in tears.
The New and Enhanced Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards Will Help Eliminate Disparities in Health and Health Care
This April, the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services released the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. With implementation of the Affordable Care Act in full swing and growing interest in improving the delivery of care and addressing health care costs, these standards will serve as a critical guide to developing policies and strategies that improve the quality of health care services and meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the great contributions made by the Latino community. It’s also a chance to discuss the difficulties this community continually faces and reflect on the opportunities we have to improve the lives and well-being of Latinos.
Last summer I learned a valuable lesson about what is at stake when women do not have power over their own health. I was interning at a maternal and child health nonprofit in southeastern Pennsylvania that works with local and state advocates to elevate the voices of disempowered mothers. This is when I heard María’s unfortunate story. María is a young Latina from Norristown who gave birth at a local hospital without the benefit of insurance.