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Achieving Health Equity via the Affordable Care Act: Promises, Provisions, and Making Reform a Reality for Diverse Patients: Workshop Summary


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Since its creation by the Institute of Medicine in 2007, the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities fosters dialogue on racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, examines the development of programs and strategies to reduce disparities, and encourages the emergence of new leadership focused on health equity. For the past several years, a prominent topic of discussion within the roundtable has been the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The ACA has multiple provisions specific to race, ethnicity, and language and other provisions with significant implications for racially and ethnically diverse populations. Many observers view the ACA as the best opportunity in a generation to promote health equity. On April 22, 2013, the roundtable held a workshop at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, titled Achieving Health Equity via the Affordable Care Act: Promises, Provisions, and Making Reform a Reality for Diverse Patients. Sponsored and hosted by the Connecticut Health Foundation, the workshop addressed many issues surrounding the ACA, including expansion of coverage, delivery systems, and access points; service delivery and payment reform, including the patient-centered medical home model; public–private partnerships; and challenges to the safety net.