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Medicaid Administrative Data: Challenges with Race, Ethnicity, and Other Demographic Variables

There are persistent disparities in health and health care for people of color, which reflect structural and systemic inequities rooted in racism and discrimination. High-quality comprehensive data are key to enabling policymakers, community leaders, and other key stakeholders to identify and address these inequities and measure progress over time. Medicaid/CHIP administrative data, also known as Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) or TAF (T-MSIS Analytic File), hold the potential to inform disparities research through detailed demographic, service utilization, and spending data of Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries —but there are current limitations.

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Title 42 and its Impact on Migrant Families

This brief provides an explanation of Title 42 and its application in border regions, the impact of Title 42 on border expulsions and the health and well-being of migrants, and a discussion of the potential implications of lifting Title 42 for immigration and the health of migrants.

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Asian Immigrant Experiences with Racism, Immigration-Related Fears, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

This brief provides insight into recent experiences with racism and discrimination, immigration-related fears, and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among Asian immigrant survey respondents at four community health centers.

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What are the Implications of the Overturning of Roe v. Wade for Racial Disparities?

In this brief, we present data on abortions by race/ethnicity and show how overturning Roe v. Wade disproportionately impacts women of color, as they are more likely to obtain abortions, have more limited access to health care, and face underlying inequities that would make it more difficult to travel out of state for an abortion compared to their White counterparts.

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2022 Changes to the Public Charge Inadmissibility Rule and the Implications for Health Care

This brief provides background on public charge, describes the 2019 policy changes and their chilling effects, and reviews provisions of the newly proposed rule and its implications for immigrants’ access to health care.

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Five Key Findings on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders by Race/Ethnicity

Rapidly rising rates of deaths by suicide and drug overdose among people of color, along with disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, further underscore inequities in access to mental health care and treatment and highlight the importance of centering equity in diagnostics, care, ant treatment.

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