The Trump Administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act and is hastening to appoint a new Supreme Court justice who will support the president’s demand. If the ACA is overturned, more than 21 million Americans will lose their health insurance and nearly all Americans will be affected adversely. Among those who will be hit the hardest will be racial and ethnic minorities.Read more
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Legislation and Policy to Address Health Disparities
Introduced on Sept. 4, 2020, by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The Anti-Racism in Public Health Act would create a Center on Anti-Racism in Health at the CDC, improving the federal government's ability to develop anti-racist health policy. The bill would also create a Law Enforcement Violence Prevention Program at the CDC.
Introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL-2) on May 8, 2020, and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Introduced by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on May 13, 2020, and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
These two bills (H.R. 6763 and S. 3721) would establish the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force within the Department of Health and Human Services and set forth its duties and membership. The task force would be required to provide to Congress and relevant federal agencies reports and recommendations related to racial and ethnic disparities in the COVID-19 response.
Introduced by several senators on July 22, 2020, and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop an action plan, make targeted grants, and develop public awareness campaigns with respect to COVID–19 and the disproportionate impact of the COVID–19 pandemic on racial and ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations.
Introduced by Rep. Jesus G. Garcia (D-IL-4) and the Tri-Caucus on April 28, 2020, and referred to House - Energy and Commerce; Agriculture; Oversight and Reform; Ways and Means; Education and Labor; Judiciary; Budget; Veterans' Affairs; Natural Resources; Armed Services; Homeland Security. The HEAA would seek to address disparities by promoting culturally appropriate care, data collection, and reporting.
Like many of you, I am devastated over the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a remarkable person who during her long career did so much to advance people’s rights and well-being.
Not least among her contributions, Justice Ginsburg was very instrumental in helping to save the Affordable Care Act twice. Now the Trump Administration has asked the Supreme Court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act.
Justice Ginsburg will not be on the bench when the Court will hear arguments in this latest case on Nov. 10, 2020. But a new justice might – very possibly one that will side with the Trump Administration.
In the United States, there are significant racial disparities in access to health care coverage and in health outcomes. These disparities reflect economic gaps and barriers to accessing coverage that are a legacy of systemic racism, barriers in access to coverage for people in immigrant families, and other economic and health system inequities.
The Affordable Care Act has helped to lower the health care coverage gap and reduce disparities for Black and Hispanic people who were more likely to avoid using health care due to cost. Striking down the law would widen these gaps again.
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would cause nearly 1 in 10 Black people, 1 in 10 Latinx people and 1 in 16 white people to lose their health care coverage. As a result, 1 in 5 Black people and nearly 1 in 3 Latinx people would be uninsured.
If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, COVID-19 will become a pre-existing condition for many Americas who become infected with, have survived or suffer related future infections. COVID-19 continues to adversely affect people of color with high infection and death rates.
If struck down, the Affordable Care Act will need to be replaced. If upheld, the Affordable Care Act will need to be improved.
That’s why your vote is important. If you do not vote, you will miss the opportunity to elect representatives who will guide future health care legislation and policy in a direction that works well for everyone.
Not voting is giving up your voice – and your voice does matter. Your vote lets candidates know where you stand on issues that are critically important to you, your community and the nation.
In the United States, there are significant racial disparities in access to health care coverage and in health outcomes. The Affordable Care Act has helped to lower the health care coverage gap for Black and Hispanic people. Striking down the law would widen these gaps again.
That’s why your vote is important. Not voting is giving up your voice. Visit the UCC’s Our Faith Our Vote! Get more information, and download a FREE Our Faith Our Vote toolkit. Vote – your health and even your life depend on it.Read more
Check here for resources in a multitude of media, including books, articles, sermons, videos and more.
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW
Health Issues in the Black Community: 3rd (Third) edition by Henrie M Treadwell (Editor) Ronald L. Braithwaite (Editor), Sandra E. Taylor (Editor)
Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care by Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Sciences Policy, et al.
The New Jim Crow Study Guide and Call to Action by Veterans of Hope
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson
Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing efforts to address avoidable inequities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and healthcare disparities.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released a new report in July finding that despite the declining birthrate since 1991 for teenagers aged 15–19, differences continue to occur in the mortality of infants born to teenagers by race and ethnicity and cause of death.
Sermon by the Rev. Ron Bonner, Pastor
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Atlanta, Ga.
Rev. Bonner, an ordained UCC minister,
is a member of the REHD Task Force
Yaribel Davila had to evacuate her apartment in Port Arthur, Texas, last August when flood waters caused by Hurricane Harvey came in up to her knees. UCC Disaster Ministries is partnering with the Southeast Texas Community Development Corporation (SET CDC) to restore her apartment and 16 others that suffered similar damage. The UCC’s Amanda Sheldon interviewed Ms. Davila.Read more
Hurricanes Irma and Maria wiped out water treatment systems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaving people without clean drinking water. According to the Department of Defense, 55% of Puerto Rico was left without clean drinking water. Your help is needed this GivingTuesday. A $20 filter ensures 1 million gallons of fresh water!Read more
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