Communities Need Help to Achieve Healthcare Goals
Improving health care remains a priority for leaders in Washington, DC. 18 months into a pandemic, and every aspect of our lives has been impacted. The pandemic has laid out how bad so many of the challenges that remain in our healthcare system are.
The high cost of healthcare is a deterrent to accessing care even if you can get it. Too many of our peers lack the access to the system to experience the sticker shock of care. Simply navigating the system itself is a barrier to entry. It has been known that communities of color find themselves facing those barriers to access and care when compared with their white counterparts.
Nearly 200 communities across the nation have committed themselves to tackling racial health disparities. The challenge is larger than any single municipality or unit of government.
Congress is considering impactful policy changes to the way health care is delivered in this country. President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda includes a landmark measure to bring down prescription drug prices by giving Medicare the power to negotiate for lower drug prices directly with drug makers. This change is expected to save patients more than $150 billion on their prescriptions.
Biden’s plan would also make permanent changes to the Affordable Care Act subsidy which would make coverage more affordable. The bill would also expand Medicare to include hearing, dental, and vision.
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