Policy Round Up: Affordable Care Act

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Republican Governor Rick Scott announced his support of Medicaid expansion this Wednesday. This was surprising due to his avid disagreement with the Affordable Care Act prior to last year’s Supreme Court ruling that upholds the law.

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A Victory for Communities of Color and for the Nation

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that is bound to go down in the history books as monumental. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the subject of endless debate, commentary, political jockeying and legal analysis, yesterday we learned a simple lesson: real people can win.

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PolicyTalk: Denise Brooks-Williams on Health Equity

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Hospital emergency rooms are often the “health safety net” for many communities. Denise Brooks-Williams of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) discusses the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the role of local health service providers and the need for health equity.

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Officials Forum: Ryan Plan Reverses Important Health Care Reforms

Two years ago, we took the steps to ensure that Americans are now being protected from unfair insurance practices, are benefiting from free preventive care, and are seeing prescription drug savings and stronger Medicare benefits. Though we must continue work to reform our health care system to provide higher quality care at a better price, […]

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Where’s the Data?

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In the wake of health care reform, one of the key health equity issues that needs to be fully addressed is the collection and reporting of data on demographic variables for electronic health records (EHR), particularly for racial and ethnic minority groups. This is a critical issue because without comprehensive data, we are unable to […]

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National Health Disparities Strategy and Action Plan Unveiled

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The Department of Health and Human Services recently released a national roadmap to address and reduce disparities in health status and health care among racial and ethnic minorities. It also released a national strategy for engaging communities across the country to harness the collective power of collaboration in order to tackle these serious issues.

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