A new issue brief from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, “Race, Ethnicity, and Health Care Reform: Achieving Equity in Our Lifetime”, provides an analysis of the disparities provisions in the two bills passed by the Senate and House.

Below is the introduction. You can download the entire report here: http://www.jointcenter.org/hpi/sites/all/files/raceethnicityandhealthcarereform.pdf

Health care reform proposals before Congress offer potential for great progress in improving health care affordability, access and quality for all Americans—an opportunity not seen for decades. Little discussed, however, is that major provisions are likely to have a significant impact on minorities as they present opportunities to redress longstanding inequities. Moreover, the bills which have emerged from House and Senate committees explicitly recognize the need to reduce disparities; each includes provisions intended to support initiatives targeting racial and ethnic minorities and language access services. While both leading bills offer solutions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health, each one differs in the level of its commitment and approach.

This issue brief identifies, analyzes and compares provisions which explicitly address the health and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities within the two leading Congressional health care reform proposals: The Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3962)passed in the House of Representatives on November 7, 2009; and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 (H.R. 3590) introduced in the Senate on November 18, 2009, as a merged version of the Senate Finance Committee’s America’s Health Future Act (S.1796) and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions’ (HELP) Affordable Health Choices Act (S. 1697). Additionally, this issue brief explores the potential implications of broad health care reforms for racial and ethnic minorities. Also discussed is how each bill could decrease disparities and improve minority health, where each falls short in advancing these goals, as well as the transitional challenges and questions for the future should health care reform legislation be enacted.

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