Better health care for Blacks depends on states

By | December 20, 2013

Six out of 10 uninsured African-Americans who are eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace may qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or tax credits to help with the cost of premiums.

The percentage of eligible persons would increase to 95 percent if all states were to expand Medicaid coverage as provided by the Affordable Care Act, according to a Dec. 9 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“The health care law is working to address longstanding disparities in health care coverage and improve the health of the African-American community,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.

“Through the Health Insurance Marketplace, 6.8 million uninsured African-Americans have new options for affordable health coverage that covers a range of benefits, including important preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs.’’ (Florida Courier

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