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Tammy Boyd: Improving healthcare for low-income Americans through better managed care


(Graphic/Slide Share) By Tammy Boyd

I handled healthcare policy for the late Congressman John Lewis, and today I work for the Black Women’s Health Imperative. If you work in healthcare policy today, you know that health equity – or ensuring that disadvantaged populations get customized approaches to care and better medical outcomes – is a top priority.

Health equity is an issue that should also resonate with lawmakers on Capitol Hill seeking to rein in healthcare expenditures. According to a recent study, if inequities remain unaddressed, healthcare spending for the average American could rise from $1,000 annually today to $3,000 by 2040, with historically underserved communities disproportionately affected.

I applaud the Biden administration for its leadership on equity issues. A Jan. 20, 2021 Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, stated that “Entrenched disparities in our laws and public policies, and in our private and public institutions, have often denied that equal opportunity to individuals and communities.”

One example of the Administration’s response to this Executive Order, is that in March of this year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it was “Creating New Research on Health Disparities, Minority Health, and Health Equity.” Included […]

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