Yesterday’s Supreme court decision is a huge Victory for Americans across the country, especially the 7 million African Americans covered by the Affordable Care Act in 2014.
- 5.5 million African-Americans with private health insurance WILL KEEP heir coverage for preventive services without paying an extra penny at their doctor’s office.
- More than 2.4 million African-American seniors with Medicare have received free preventive services such as diabetes screenings,
- About 410,000 more African- American young adults who would otherwise be uninsured gained coverage due to the law.
This law is saving lives and will continue to save lives by making health care even more accessible and affordable.
Behind each of these are statistics are stories of mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, friends and neighbors, who are healthier because of the new law.
Nearly 26 percent of patients served by community health centers in 2010 were African-American, and the Affordable Care Act increases the funding available to those centers in all 50 states. They currently serve more than 19 million patients, and by 2015, because of the health care law, they will be able to serve millions more.
Finally, the new health care law is helping to level the playing field and eliminate health disparities — a key priority for the Obama Administration. Today, African-Americans are less likely to have health insurance than Americans as a whole. They are also less likely to have access to a primary care physician, and less likely to receive high quality care.
Compared to non-Hispanic whites, the average African-American child is twice as likely to be hospitalized from asthma, and more than four times as likely to die from it.
The Affordable Care Act takes steps to change all this.
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