#159CalltoAction: Make Health Care Calls to Help Communities of Color
Between 2013 and 2015 the uninsured rates among non-elderly people of color in Georgia dropped significantly:
- The uninsured rate among African Americans fell from 19 percent to 16 percent.
- The uninsured rate among Hispanics fell from 44 percent to 30 percent.
- The uninsured rate among people of other races/ethnicities fell from 18 percent to 15 percent.
Health coverage and access to health care services would be at risk for all Medicaid beneficiaries if funding were capped, but this change would disproportionately harm people of color.
- African Americans make up 31.7 percent of Georgia’s population but 51 percent of Medicaid enrollees.
- Latinos make up 9.4 percent of Georgia’s population but 15 percent of Medicaid enrollees.
Another of the AHCA’s changes to Medicaid would roll back the federal minimum eligibility standards for children ages 6-19. This changes would cause 5 million kids nation-wide, including 175,000 here in Georgia, to lose federal Medicaid eligibility. Coverage losses would fall disproportionately on children of color. An estimated 74,000 black children (second largest drop in the country), 40,000 (eight largest in the country), and 6800 Asian/Pacific Islander children (sixth largest) would lose eligibility.
Health coverage is especially important for African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities because they often have worse health status than their white counterparts. African Americans live with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS at far greater rates than other racial groups. #159HealthCare #159SaveMedicaid #159SavetheACA #159NotoTrumpcare #159NotoAHCA
- The AHCA would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), much of which has been granted to low-income and vulnerable communities. In Georgia, PPHF have been used to facilitate better access to health care services and increased opportunities for physical activity and health food options for African Americans in Atlanta and DeKalb county.
- For more information: Brandeis University, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Community Catalyst, Kaiser Family Foundation
- Sen. Johnny Isakson's number: (202) 224-3643/local office: (770) 661-0999
- Sen. David Perdue's number: (202) 224-3521/local office: (404) 865-0087