ACA Has Reduced Racial Disparities in Health Care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not only spurred a decline in uninsured rates across all U.S. racial and ethnic groups, it’s also reduced disparities in coverage, according to a new Commonwealth Fund analysis published this week. Researchers found that the coverage gap between blacks and whites declined from 11.0 percentage points in 2013 to 5.3 percentage points in 2017. The gap between Hispanics and whites, meanwhile, dropped from 25.4 points to 16.6 points. While disparities in coverage shrank both in states that expanded Medicaid and in those that did not, the reduction was greater in the expansion states, according to the study authors. Read more.