(source: Kaiser Family Foundation)
On Wednesday, November 4, at 1 p.m. ET, this Today’s Topics In Health Disparities live webcast examined how ready the health care system is for the influx of newly covered individuals that health reform aims to deliver. In the health care proposals being considered by Congress, changes to Medicaid alone could mean as many as 15 million people would become newly eligible for the program and many live in medically under served areas. The program will address how health reform could improve or exacerbate the existing issues that people living in under served areas, including many people of color, face in getting access to needed health care. The panelists also discussed provisions in the bills that address the need for increasing the health care workforce and maintaining the safety net, as well as potential gaps in the legislation, and the possible impact on racial and ethnic health disparities.