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Five years ago, the Affordable Care Act created a remarkable opportunity in the movement to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity. In
addition to expanding access to quality, affordable coverage for millions of uninsured Americans, it provided the foundation for the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
(HHS Disparities Action Plan)
—the most comprehensive federal commitment to addressing health disparities.
As an American Indian or Alaska Native, there are certain steps that you must take in order to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. There are also benefits that may be available to you if you’re a member of a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act shareholder.
Tucked away in central Wyoming you will find the Wind River Indian Reservation—home to the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho tribes, and home to a spirit of perseverance and self-determination that permeates America. While we celebrate the rich traditions of our nation’s indigenous people during National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, we cannot forget the fateful history that is imprinted on Indian Country. With this history in mind, we can work to create a brighter and healthier future for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Recently, the U.S. Office of Minority Health hosted a Twitter chat about strategies to reduce health disparities among Latinos. Federal agencies, media,
advocates, community-based organizations and others took part. The discussion dealt with a range of health, social and economic topics —including the need
to increase health literacy among Latinos and educate health care providers to offer more culturally and linguistically competent care.
On his first day in office, President Obama said “Government should be collaborative. Collaboration actively engages Americans in the work
of their Government. Executive departments and agencies should use innovative tools, methods, and systems to cooperate among themselves, across all levels
of Government, and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector.”
Last year, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), an initiative that brings together the public and private sectors, communities, businesses, schools, and individuals to close opportunity gaps and ensure all of our nation’s youth, including boys and young men of color, have the tools they need to realize their incredible potential. The initiative sets a vision for supporting our youth from cradle to college and career by focusing on six important milestones across the life course. The first of these milestones is ensuring that children enter school ready to learn.
Mark your calendars. Open Enrollment for 2016 health coverage begins November 1.