NCJW Endorses Bill to End Disparities in Health Care
July 30, 2014, New York, NY — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today welcomed the introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2014 (HEAA), which would address ethnic and racial disparities in health care access and outcomes. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“It is morally imperative that our nation’s health system works for everyone, regardless of race, disability, sexual orientation, gender, primary language, income, or other factors. Yet disparities in access to care and in health outcomes — from increased rates of chronic conditions to premature death — have continued to plague our health care system. They represent an egregious stain on our national commitment to justice and equality. The Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2014 (HEAA) has been introduced in Congress in order to remedy such racial and ethnic disparities, building on the expanded access provided by the Affordable Care Act. NCJW strongly supported passage of that legislation, and we endorse the Health Equity Act as a needed next step in health care reform.
“Among its 10 provisions, the Health Equity and Accountability Act would enhance language access services and culturally competent care in the health care delivery system; increase diversity in the health care workforce; and combat diseases and conditions that have a disparate impact on communities of color, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
“NCJW is proud to join with the 350 national, state and local organizations that have endorsed the Health Equity and Accountability Act this year. We applaud Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and her colleagues in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus for introducing this bill. NCJW urges Congress to advance this critical measure.”
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