The Affordable Care Act and Delivery System Reforms Are Valuable Tools for Reducing Disparities
Health Access supports a multi-pronged effort to reduce disparities, including improved access to linguistically and culturally competent care, an interdisciplinary approach to the social determinants of health, and a stronger, more inclusive social contract.
While Health Access works for coverage for all, we recognize that California’s diverse communities have distinct needs and issues. For example, many disadvantaged communities–communities of color, low-income families, and LGBT Californians–have worse outcomes and life expectancy than the rest of the population. Of the many factors that account for health disparities, the ones that are most amenable to change are those related to health and health care, specifically the way health care is delivered and experienced across cultural barriers.
With our coalition partners, Heatlh Access will continue to address the needs of California’s diverse communities, through language access, health equity, immigrant rights, LGBTQ inclusion, protections for seniors and people with disabilities, women’s health, rural access, care for the undocumented, and addressing the social determinants of health. The ACA’s coverage and affordability measures and Medi-Cal reforms like Medi-Cal 2020 are valuable tools for health equity. We will also continue to push to make Covered California’s marketing and outreach initiatives more inclusive and focused on communities of color and other groups that are disproportionately uninsured.
Health Access Analysis & Advocacy
- Blog Posts: Related to Health Disparities (2010-2016)
- Blog Posts: Related to Equity (2010-2016)
- People of Color Are Living Sicker and Dying Younger (2009)
Resources for Advocates
- California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
- California Office of Health Equity
- Let’s Get Healthy California
- A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity, CDC and Prevention Institute (2014)