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October 1, 2013 is the date when enrollment begins for millions of uninsured persons who now have a chance to secure health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The law mandates that health insurance offered through the health insurance marketplace offer 10 essential benefits, but there is one that seems especially important in light of the recent Navy Yard shooting where 12 people were shot and killed by Aaron Alexis. This essential benefit is mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment such as counseling and psychotherapy. Every private health insurance plan offered in the insurance marketplace must cover these services.3 September 2013
Last week I participated in the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and now have renewed energy to continue marching for justice. There is so much work to do in order to achieve a truly equitable society where outcomes (good or bad) cannot be predicted by one’s race. The events of this past week remind me of my recent efforts to find a place to live and the question that eased into my consciousness as my husband and I set out to find a new home: Would we experience discrimination in 2013 based on our race?29 July 2013
I want to thank all of you who wrote to me in response to my previous blog post Benefit of the Doubt, written less than 12 hours after learning the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict. I’ve heard stories that I didn’t know existed, and your response confirms my resolve to continue writing. I want to encourage a shared dialogue and hopefully collective action to solve our most pressing issues. For the Consumer Health Foundation, these pressing issues—implicit bias, institutionalized racism, the over-incarceration of men and boys of color—are important in their own right, but they also contribute to poor, racialized health outcomes to which we are deeply committed to ending. The stories I have heard carry with them significant pain and grief, and I appreciate the vulnerability with which you have shared them. In this short blog post, I will share a few.15 July 2013
The picture to the right is a silhouette of my son taken while we were on vacation recently. I love the picture; it brings a smile to my face and warms me every time I see it. It brings back memories of the excitement he felt about being at the beach halfway around the world in Okinawa, Japan, and I remember watching him playing by the water as the sun was setting.9 July 2013
Health care access and the social determinants of health are often seen as two sides of the health equity coin. However, we wonder if health equity is a coin or a spectrum.
In this blog post, we explore two very different viewpoints about health equity. The post was inspired by a thought paper from Winston Wong, MD and colleagues that addresses how those of us in health equity work either focus on an individual’s medical needs (health care access) or the social conditions that support health (the social determinants of health, or SDOH) – and nary the twain shall meet.