Health Equity

Millions of individuals in the United States face health disparities related to social and economic factors, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and income. Understanding and addressing these disparities is critical to achieving health equity for all. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is improving access, affordability and quality in health care, disparities persist, in part as a result of existing legal barriers that limit access to information and care, insufficient skills and training in cultural competency, and limited resources that prevent the public health safety net to fill the existing demand for services.  

NFPRHA's Work

NFPRHA supports policy and service delivery efforts to eliminate barriers that may contribute to disparities in the health care system and promotes improving access to high-quality information and health care, including family planning and sexual health, for all regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, employer or insurance status. Among others, NFPRHA supports proposals to remove nationality and citizenship requirements for coverage and care, to improve opportunities for training in cultural competency, and to direct resources to safety-net providers.

Resources

NFPRHA Fact Sheets, Comments, and Reports

Other Resources

 NFPRHA's Position
 

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NFPRHA believes that all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, employer, insurance status, or any other demographic - should have timely and convenient access to affordable, confidential, high-quality, culturally responsive health care including family planning and sexual health services, supplies and information.

Happening Now 

  • California enacted legislation in June requiring the state submit a 1332 waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance on the marketplace with their own funds.
  • In March 2016 the Utah Legislature passed legislation removing the 5-year waiting period faced by lawfully residing immigrant children, extending access to CHIP and Medicaid. 
  • In September 2015, legislation was introduced in the U.S. Congress to remove prohibitions to the ACA marketplace for undocumented immigrants and extend access to participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 
  • In 2015, California expanded coverage to children without legal status through its Medi-Cal program. 

For additional resources & information, access NFPRHA fact sheets and federal comments by issue or read NFPRHA's publications and recent press statements. 

 

 

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