The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has decreased the uninsured rate and reduced racial disparities in access to care, however, federal and state policy changes over the past four years have increased the number of individuals without healthcare coverage. In particular, regulatory changes and waiver approvals have placed the healthcare of those with pre-existing conditions at risk.
"Access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage is critical to reducing racial and other health disparities and ensuring equitable outcomes among all populations, including children and families," said
The beginning of a new Administration creates new opportunities to protect and expand access to quality and affordable healthcare, particularly through the regulatory process and other executive branch activities. Through this initiative, the
Efforts will focus on strengthening the unified voice of the patient community in administrative advocacy efforts and developing resources for patient organizations to weigh in on proposed rules, waiver applications and other policies impacting patients' healthcare coverage. The project is funded by a grant from the
"Our work will particularly focus on lower-income children and families who are uninsured or receive coverage through Medicaid or state marketplaces and those who face systemic barriers to care that contribute to racial and other health disparities," said Wimmer. "Ultimately, we hope that this work will restore coverage for those who have lost it and build upon the progress of the ACA to ensure care for the millions of Americans with and at risk for serious and chronic health conditions."
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