PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Access to health care coverage does not ensure equality of health care, and equitable care doesn't mean treating every patient the same, according to Equity in the Context of Health Reform, a comprehensive, accessible collection of online tools just released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) as the Reform in Action resource package at http://rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2012/10/reform-in-action--equity-in-the-context-of-health-reform.html.
Provisions in the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) address the goal of reducing disparities in health care among minority populations. Starting in January 2014, all people living at or below 133 percent of the poverty level will be eligible for Medicaid. Increasing access to health coverage will have a significant effect, as more than half of the 46 million people who are currently uninsured are members of minority populations.
Evidence, however, strongly suggests that access to insurance coverage alone does not remedy those disparities. Two RWJF programs—Aligning Forces for Quality and Finding Answers—offer lessons and resources to help reduce that inequity.The resources will be of interest to anyone reporting on or working in the field of health equity. The online bundle of resources includes:
- Briefing paper: Reform in Action: Equity in the Context of Health Reform
- Tip Sheet: Five Things You Need to Know about Disparities in U.S. Health Care
- Tip Sheet: Four Tips for Improving Equity in U.S. Healthcare
- Infographic: Disparities in Health Care Persist : [ http://rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/issue_briefs/2012/rwjf402390/subassets/rwjf402390_3]