Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the rate of those uninsured continues to drop. According to a new study from Gallup, nearly 9 in 10 US adults now have health insurance. The poll tracked several demographics groups which showed significant decline percentage of being uninsured, including:
- African-Americans: The uninsured rate dropped seven points over the past year
- Low-income: Americans earning less than $36,000 in annual household income dropped 6.9 points
- Hispanics: The uninsured rate dropped by 6.3 points since 2013.
According to HHS, nearly 16.4 million adults have gained coverage since the implementation of the ACA.
While there’s been significant increase to the amount of Americans insured over the past several years due to the Affordable Care Act, we still need to address other issues that pertain to health like education, housing, and transportation (to name a few) in order to help reduce health disparities in this nation.
For example, according to information from the CDC:
- African-American’s have the highest infant mortality rate, the largest death rates from homicide, and the largest incidence and death rates from colorectal cancer.
- Hispanics and non-Hispanic African-American have the highest rate of diabetes and continue to have continue to have a substantial rate of HIV infection
- Asian-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to live in areas with poor quality air.
While hopes that health insurance will reduce some of these health disparity problems, there are still areas that need to be a focus as part of reforming healthcare.
As part of National Minority Health Month as we work to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities, what are some next steps do you think the U.S. needs to take to address the quality care and help eliminate health disparities in this nation?
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