Access Update: Coverage Disparities and the Consequences

August 2020

A new report by the Commonwealth Fund highlighted results from the group’s Biennial Health Insurance Survey, sounding the alarm about a looming health care affordability crisis. Forty-three percent of working-age adults lack access to stable insurance. The report also found higher uninsured rates among people of color, with more than a third of Latino adults, low-income adults, and small business employees lacking insurance for at least part of the past year.

A recent JAMA Internal Medicine research letter assessed COVID-19 hospitalizations by race/ethnicity, driving home the potential harms associated with insurance coverage gaps. Among the 12 states reporting data, researchers found that Black patients’ share of hospitalizations exceeded the representative proportion of Black residents in all 12 states.

The overlap among these two studies? It is the same population that simultaneously faces the highest need for care and the least assistance when trying to access care.

For more information, please contact Gracelena Ignacio at gignacio@discernhealth.com.

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