Snap Fact #147
The Affordable Health Care Act Reform Helps Address Disparities in access to care!
Today we will end our series with a brief look at how this complicated omnibus bill seeks to level the playing field so all Americans have reasonable access to health care services.
ALREADY IN PLACE:
1. Prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, and disability
The Affordable Health Care Act extended the nondiscrimination protections of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Age Discrimination Act to all federal financial assistance (including credits, subsidies, and contracts of insurance), all programs administered by a federal agency, and any entity created under Title I of the Affordable Health Care Act. The nondiscrimination protections also apply to the state Exchanges and the qualified health plans offering coverage.
2. Requirements to collect demographic data
The Affordable Health Care Act requires the collection of race, ethnicity, language, sex, and disability data in all HHS programs, activities and surveys, including capturing sufficient data to analyze by subgroups (such as breaking down "Asian" to subcategories including "Chinese", "Korean", etc.). In 2011, the Office of Minority Health released standards for collecting demographic data in national surveys, implementing these requirements. Further, all state Medicaid programs must utilize federal standards for collecting race and ethnicity data, and CHIP programs must begin collecting language data which federal regulations previously did not require.