The District of Columbia recently took an important step to protect health insurance coverage by creating a District-specific health insurance requirement. This is in response to the unexpected termination of the federal health insurance requirement, which Congress narrowly passed last December. The Affordable Care Act had required that federal taxpayers, except some with low incomes, to have health insurance or pay a federal income tax penalty. The underlying logic was that this would incentivize more people to get coverage and prevent insurance premiums from rising for the great majori
New Research Sheds Light on Health Disparities
Five recent publications by Thomas LaVeist, PhD, offer new insights into equity and health, a topic for which he is known as a national and global leader.
Blog: Will the Courts Do What Congress Did Not? Unpacking the Latest Assault on the Affordable Care Act
Last year the legislative effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed, and it seemed that the ACA’s most important protection – non-discriminatory access to health insurance for people with pre-existing health conditions – was saved. Now Americans once again are facing an existential threat to this most basic guarantee. The cause: a lawsuit filed in February, 2018, by 20 states to overturn the ACA in its entirety as an unconstitutional act
New Study Explores Contraceptive Use and Reproductive Decision Making in Black and White Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence
Although U.S. unintended pregnancy rates have declined in recent years, racial/ethnic differences persist, and women who experience intimate partner violence may be at greater risk of unintended pregnancy.
Widely Published Observations about Health Disparities 50 Years After the Death of Martin Luther King
“Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman,” observed Martin Luther King in 1966. An article published in the Washington Post and more than 150 other news outlets marking the 50th anniversary of King’s death included observations about continuing health disparities across the U.S.