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Health Reform: Effects on Ethnic Disparities

I wrote a while back on research assessing the excess costs as a result of racial and ethnic health disparities, which the Urban Institute estimates to be $337 billion over the next 10 years.

The bills before Congress contain numerous provisions that would directly or indirectly have a positive impact on reducing health disparities in communities of color, who represent only a third of the population but more than half of the uninsured. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a draft covering the relevant provisions, including:

-Coverage expansion through Medicaid and the Exchange
-Workforce development
-Improving access through enhanced community centers and school-based health centers
-Data development and reporting on specific health disparities in minorities

Read the brief here.