Health Equity Task Force: 2023 Federal Priorities
By Christine Nguyen, Staci Lofton, Aaron Plotke, Natasha Kumar,
The Families USA Health Equity Task Force for Delivery and Payment Reform (Health Equity Task Force) brings together the leading organizations on the federal and state level working to ensure that efforts to transform the U.S. health care system to move toward improved health and more affordable coverage, center reforms on health equity, with a particular focus on of Black and Indigenous people, other communities of color, LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, individuals with low incomes, and other historically marginalized populations.
The progress made toward achieving health equity in the last year has been significant, but much more needs to be done to guarantee that every person has the best health and health care regardless of who they are, what they look like, or where they live. Congress must advance legislation that decreases disparities in health care access and outcomes, protects access to abortion care, and encourages centering equity in health care programs. And the administration must take additional steps to center health equity in health care payment and delivery; promote data justice; collect and report disaggregated demographic data across the federal government; and ensure equitable access to reproductive health services, including contraception.
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