Racial Equity and Health Policy

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Health Coverage of Immigrants

This fact sheet provides an overview of health coverage for noncitizens and discusses key issues for health coverage and care for immigrant families today.

How Can We Put COVID Behind Us Without Guaranteed Paid Sick Leave?

KHN’s Céline Gounder and KFF’s Mollyann Brodie look at the challenges in returning to normal life after the COVID-19 pandemic when many Americans, particularly people of color and workers with low incomes, do not have paid sick leave.

Medicaid and Racial Health Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated longstanding racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care. In the past year, the federal government and many states have identified advancing health equity as a key priority for the Medicaid program, which is a major source of health coverage for people of color. This issue brief provides greater insight into the role Medicaid can play in advancing racial health equity.

Rethinking the Use of Race in Medicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on racial disparities in health and health care, but disparities are hardly new. They have been driven by longstanding inequities within and beyond the health care system that are rooted in racism. KFF Vice President Samantha Artiga, who directs the Racial Equity and…

‘In Focus with KFF’: Rethinking the Use of Race in Medicine

KFF Vice President Samantha Artiga discusses how the medical system continues to use race in ways that may perpetuate disparities, including through provider and institutional bias, clinical guidelines, and medical education and training approaches.

Unwinding of the PHE: Maintaining Medicaid for People with Limited English Proficiency

Provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) require states to maintain continuous Medicaid enrollment for enrollees until the end of the month when the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ends. When the continuous enrollment requirements end and states resume redeterminations and disenrollments, individuals with LEP may be at increased risk of losing Medicaid coverage or experiencing a gap in coverage due to barriers completing these processes, even if they remain eligible for coverage.

Disparities in Health and Health Care Among Black People

This infographic looks at the persistent disparities in health and health care for Black people, which reflect structural and systematic inequities rooted in racism and discrimination. Although disparities in health coverage for Black people narrowed after passage of the Affordable Care Act, they continue to face higher rates of illness and death compared to White people.

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