Plans Should Consider Race in Actuarial, Operational Processes

A previous version of this article incorrectly described Bela Gorman as the chair of the American Academy of Actuaries’ Health Equity Work Group. She is the vice chair.

The health insurance industry, prompted by patients, the activism of the Black Lives Matter movement and health care workers of color, is starting to examine how it contributes to institutional racism — and what it can do about it. Experts say that changing actuarial and operational processes can go a long way toward addressing health disparities caused by racial discrimination.

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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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