Posts for Health Equity

Making Non-Discriminatory Benefit Design a Reality

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Essential Health Benefits (EHB) completely changed health coverage by requiring health plans on the individual and small-group market to cover the same ten benefits without discrimination. These 10 essential categories of benefits range from general—office...

The Takeaway: Guns, Race and Health

The United States has a gun problem, and the United States has a racial justice problem. When the two collide the results are too often tragic and horrible.

Seeing Providers as Partners to Tackle Discrimination and Implicit Bias in Health Care

In the aftermath of the unsettling tragedy that unfolded in Orlando last month, we are again reminded about the issue of discrimination and its relation to health care.

Momentum Is On Our Side: Vermont Votes Yes on Dental Therapists

On Monday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a new law that will allow dental therapists to work in Vermont. It’s an exciting victory on a number of levels. To start, this makes Vermont the fourth state to add dental therapists...

Florida Needs More Than Flowers

Last June, following the mass murder in Charleston, South Carolina, Anton Gunn, a South Carolinian and Community Catalyst board member, commented on Governor Nikki Haley’s (R-SC) change of heart about taking down the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South...

A Nurse in EVERY School

While school nurses have long been recognized for their vital role in supporting children’s educational success through better health, there is increasing recognition that school nurses are integral to reforming our health care delivery system. School nurses are the eyes...

Progress Despite Setbacks: Ensuring LGBTQ Health Equity Amidst Discriminatory State Policies

2016 legislative sessions around the country have introduced a slew of distressing and shameful new laws aimed at stripping equal rights from the LGBTQ community. Hundreds more of these discriminatory proposals are still pending in state legislatures all around the...

Health and Housing: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Partnerships

We know that as the energy in the health care world turns to reinventing health care delivery systems, social and economic determinants of health and the role they play in community health are front and center. Studies have uniformly shown...

Closing the Coverage Gap Helps Knock Down Stubborn Health Disparities

The fourth in our National Minority Health Month blog series. For National Minority Health month, we are celebrating the 32 states including the District of Columbia that have chosen to close the coverage gap. Not only have these states extended...