How Does the Affordable Care Act Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care?

Despite efforts to address the issue, racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care in the United States persist.

Disparities occur in the quality of care received even when income, health insurance and access to care are taken into account. Patients from racial and ethnic minorities often fare far worse than their white counterparts on a range of health indicators: life expectancy, infant mortality, prevalence of chronic diseases and insurance coverage, among others.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes both general and explicit provisions that could narrow these gaps.

This Health Policy Snapshot, published online in December 2011, examines strategies in the ACA to address disparties.

Read more from RWJF's Health Policy Snapshot series.

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ACA requires all fed funded health progs & surveys must collect & report race/ethnicity/language data