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Quick Read: The ACA has narrowed the healthcare access gap for Black and Hispanic Americans.

Last week the Commonwealth Fund released a report looking at whether the Affordable Care Act had succeeded in reducing the healthcare disparities between Black and Hispanic populations and whites. The conclusion: The ACA has made definite progress in narrowing the gap, particularly in those states that expanded Medicaid. However, disparities remain and Blacks and Hispanics still experience more barriers to care than whites. There is continued work to be done to ensure these gains aren’t lost and to further improve access for minority populations.

The full report, “Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Care: Has the Affordable Care Act Made a Difference?” is available here. It’s definitely worth reading for the details. Here are some highlights:


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In the meantime, if you missed Part 1: The Senate, you can read it here.

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