Disparities

In the implementation of the president’s health law, the administration is committed to reducing differences in the amount and quality of healthcare that different racial and ethnic groups receive. According to an “Action Plan” written primarily by Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh and released by the Obama administration in 2010, “Although disparities can be viewed through many other lens – for example, socio-economic status, sex, age, level of disability, geography, sexual orientation or gender identity – the Action Plan focus is specifically on race and ethnicity. The action plan calls for updating standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services, training healthcare interpreters, and developing new software and other technologies to help people with limited English proficiency enroll in Medicaid

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