According to an issue brief issued by the Commonwealth Fund, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) not only narrowed racial and ethnic disparities in insurance coverage, but also has reduced racial disparities in access to health care.
Researchers reviewed data from the federal American Community Survey and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to examine racial and ethnic differences since the ACA went into effect, differences between states that expanded Medicaid, and policy options to further reduce disparities.
Key findings include:
For more information about access to care issues, contact Jolene Calla, Esq, HAP’s vice president, health care finance & insurance. For more information about HAP’s work on social determinants of health, or to become involved in population health initiatives, please contact Robert Shipp, HAP’s vice president, quality and population health.
Tags: Access to Care | Health Care Reform | Federal Advocacy | State Advocacy
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