Disparities in health and health care access, can be analyzed along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, disability and geography. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has the potential to impact some measures of health equity and outcomes and ease the integration into the health care system of historically marginalized groups. However, it specifically excludes undocumented immigrants which means that uninsurance rates remain high for this group.
What We Know
Medicaid access to care – Research on impact of ‘pay bump’; importance of rural health clinics and Federally-Qualified Health Centers; appointment availability on traditional vs. premium assistance plans.
ACOs and health care disparities – Study shows lower physician participation in low SES areas
HIV diagnosis and care – Analysis of whether setting matters for health outcomes
What We're Watching
Health disparities of chronic diseases – NIH announces new research program
Unintended consequences of bundled payments— A warning on how they may exacerbate racial disparities
Readmission penalties – Do they unfairly penalize provider organizations for serving high-risk populations? Commentary on NAM report series
The remaining uninsured – Kaiser looks at eligibility for ACA coverage among the uninsured population