Addressing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare Reform

by Rebecca Farley on September 1, 2010

A new report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic studies identifies how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will make strides towards reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health.

According to the report, healthcare reform is an “important first step and an unprecedented opportunity” in reducing well-documented inequalities in health outcomes and access to health care. Studies have consistently shown significant disparities in diverse communities’ life expectancy, infant mortality, insurance coverage, and other indicators of health.

The report, titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010: Advancing Health Equity for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations,” describes in detail the provisions of healthcare reform that explicitly address health disparities, as well as the more general provisions that can be expected to have major implications for diverse populations.

The report includes an appendix that lists each provision, provides a timetable for implementation, and where possible identifies the amount of funding allocated and the federal agency with jurisdiction over each program.

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