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Organizations Describe Priorities for Health Equity Legislation

July 22, 2011—The AAMC joined more than 120 organizations in a July 19 statement  identifying priorities they wish to see reflected in legislation in the 112th Congress to address health disparities and advance health equity.

Among the priorities, the groups emphasized the need for:

  • Better data;

  • The availability of high quality, affordable health care coverage and access to care for everyone in the U.S.;

  • Interventions and investments to remove additional barriers to quality care;

  • Widely accessible, culturally and linguistically appropriate health care and public health services;
  • Investments in community-based preventive and other services;
  • Health workforce and infrastructure to provide a full range of health care services, including a greater investment in graduate medical education (GME) and Title VII and Title VIII health professions programs;
  • A recognition of diversity and equity in quality improvement policies; and
  • Inclusion of communities of color and underserved populations in health reform innovations.

The statement was delivered to chairs of the health task forces for each of the three caucuses within the Congressional Tri-Caucus: Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Health Task Force; Del. Donna Christensen (D-V.I.), who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust; and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Health Task Force. The Tri-Caucus Health Task Forces have introduced legislation promoting health equity in several previous Congresses. Senators Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) and Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) also received copies of the statement.

Contact:

Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525
Email: trasouli@aamc.org

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