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The Affordable Care Act’s Tools for Attacking Racial Health Disparities

By Andrea Kovach & John Bouman

America’s health care system is rife with racial disparities in health outcomes. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 supplies race-conscious tools to tackle those disparities and equalize health care. The Affordable Care Act expands health insurance coverage and should bring many more people of color into the ranks of the insured. The Act funds community-based health initiatives, requires monitoring of health disparities, and supports medical professionals who will work in underserved areas.

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