AHIP 2024: Execs Say Health Disparities Persist Despite Higher Awareness

Ever since racial justice activism swept the country in 2020 following the death of George Floyd, racial disparities in health care have become a focus in the health care industry. Perhaps even more than in recent years, health equity was one of the most-discussed topics at the AHIP 2024 conference in Las Vegas.

But presenters at the conference made clear — as have their counterparts at other industry meetups — that health equity is a work in progress. Awareness of racial health disparities may be at an all-time high, but tangible progress is as elusive as ever.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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