Austin Frakt, The New York Times, January 13
Racial discrimination has shaped so many American institutions that perhaps it should be no surprise that health care is among them. Put simply, people of color receive less care — and often worse care — than white Americans. Reasons include lower rates of health coverage; communication barriers; and racial stereotyping based on false beliefs. African-American men, in particular, have the worst health outcomes of any major demographic group. In part, research shows, this is a result of mistrust from a legacy of discrimination.
Jenna Carlesso, The Connecticut Mirror, January 15
While Connecticut has led national efforts in public insurance reform, significant health disparities persist between the state’s residents of color and white residents, two research and advocacy groups concluded in reports released this week. Both reports provided areas of improvement for the state and included recommendations aimed at insurers, state agencies, lawmakers and health providers.
The Commonwealth Fund released a new report
on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health disparities that finds that the coverage gains made in the early years of the health law are slipping. Researchers blame the shift largely on continued lack of coverage for adults in the 15 states that haven’t expanded Medicaid.