Research Shows Various Ways Racial Disparities in Health Care Persist

While the Affordable Care Act improved health coverage across racial and ethnic groups, nonelderly American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN), Hispanic, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI), and Black populations remain much less likely than white individuals to have health insurance, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study. In addition, the overall rate of cancer screening is lower among people of color compared to their white counterparts, though overall cancer incidence rates declined for all groups between 2013 and 2018. Meanwhile, as of late November 2021, Black and Hispanic people were more than 2.5 times as likely as white people to be hospitalized for COVID-19, accroding to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Finally, a recent Commonwealth Fund report shows that closing the Medicaid coverage gap and extending enhanced marketplace premium subsidies under the Build Back Better Act would significantly improve racial equity in coverage rates, with people of color making up half of those slated to gain coverage.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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