Health Care Access

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Health Care Access: Securing the Counties’ Health Care Safety Net for All Residents

Why this issue matters for racial equity?       

A majority of uninsured Californians are people of color, who are denied access to basic health care services due to affordability, employment and/or citizenship status. This results in racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes, such as higher rates of adverse birth outcomes and chronic diseases.

 

Policy levers:

Current campaigns include health care coverage for all Californians at the national and statewide levels, as well as County efforts to increase funding to provide uninsured residents with health care services through medical safety net programs.

 

Indicators:

Life expectancy, health insurance, preventable hospitalizations, low birthweight, got help for mental/behavioral health, and usual source of care.

Key Takeaways

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Health Care Access

Life expectancy rates are a measure often used to assess the quality of social and economic conditions.

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