Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Health law alone won't reverse inequities

Dr. Adewale Troutman
The Affordable Care Act may leave many of the poor and people of color behind.

That’s the view of this year’s president of the American Public Health Association, Dr. Adewale Troutman, who spoke in Denver last week.

“We are trying to incorporate 30 million people into a health care insurance system that is broken. The system is fragmented. Inequalities flourish and prevention is an afterthought,” Troutman said during an event on health equity sponsored by The Colorado Trust.
While the Affordable Care Act, which goes into full effect next year, will help millions of people get health insurance, it does not guarantee that they’ll get decent care. Nor does it go far enough to reverse disparities that cost lives every day, Troutman said.

By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, Health Policy Solutions

For the rest of the story, go to Health Policy Solutions.

For information on Colorado Trust health equity events, go to the Colorado Trust.

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