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Issue Focus: Health Equity

HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act
The Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act would help eliminate legal barriers to accessible and affordable health care services and coverage based solely on immigration status.

Health Equity and Accountability Act
The Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) would help reduce racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, building on the expanded access provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted in 2010, put quality, affordable health coverage within reach of more individuals and families by expanding Medicaid and creating the health insurance marketplace.Removing barriers to critical health services for women; people of color; young people; families struggling to make ends meet; and others, the ACA set a strong foundation for health equity.

King v. Burwell
At stake in the US Supreme Court case King v. Burwell were the tax credits made available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help eligible individuals afford the purchase of quality coverage in the health insurance marketplace. The tax credits are critical to millions of people in our communities who are struggling to make ends meet. Without the ACA’s tax credits, between eight and ten million individuals, including a majority of women, and an additional five million children, stood to lose access to health care. In June 2015, the US Supreme Court upheld the tax credits provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), marking a victory in victory in the decades-long struggle to ensure that all individuals and families in America have quality affordable health care.

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