Payers Partner With Communities of Color to Battle Racism

COVID-19 has disproportionately infected and killed people of color, causing many health care leaders to renew their focus on racism’s role in social determinants of health (SDOH). Since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police and Black Lives Matter protests took over America’s streets, the conversation about racism in health care has become even more urgent. Experts and policymakers say payers can help battle racism and SDOH by partnering with organizations rooted in communities of color — and improve insurance business outcomes by doing so.

In a June 22 meeting of the House Committee on Education and Labor about the pandemic’s impact on education, health care and the workforce, Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) observed that COVID-19’s brutal impact on Black communities is “glaring, but not surprising.” Underwood is a nurse with a master’s degree in public health who worked on Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation at HHS and taught at Georgetown University before being elected to Congress.

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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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