July 13, 2022
Healthcare affordability burdens are all too familiar within the American healthcare system, but they do not affect all groups equally. In addition to facing greater health disparities, non-white communities and low-income earners experience greater affordability burdens—two things that are closely linked. Due to systemic inequities, people of color have significantly worse health outcomes and are overrepresented in the group of low-income earners targeted by affordability policies. Offering more affordable healthcare options to this group of individuals allows states to advance health equity by addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged. Incorporating equity components in such policies allows states to further ensure they address affordability, access, and health disparities challenges for those who struggle the most.
In this webinar, we looked at how states can incorporate health equity considerations into policies across four healthcare affordability domains: curbing excess prices; reducing low-value care; expanding coverage options; and lowering out-of-pocket costs. We were joined by experts and state leaders working at the intersection of healthcare affordability and equity who shared their knowledge with those looking to enact similar measures in their own states.