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CMS is taking action to improve access and quality for healthcare providers serving rural patients.

Read the CMS Administrator, Seema Verma's blog post.

The CMS Equity Plan for Medicare: One Year Later

By: Cara James, Ph.D.
November 23, 2016

Since the launch of the CMS Equity Plan for Medicare one year ago, we have been actively working to increase our understanding of disparities among Medicare beneficiaries with limited English proficiency and disabilities, and our knowledge of how to better prepare our workforce to meet the needs of vulnerable populations...
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On the Path to Health Equity: Improving the Quality of Sickle Cell Disease Care

By: Cara James, Ph.D.
September 22, 2016

September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. In the United States, sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder, affecting approximately 100,000 people… 
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Pursuing Health Equity for the Nation

By: Cara James, Ph.D. and Romana Hasnain-Wynia, M.S., Ph.D.
April 25, 2016

‘Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation’ is this year’s theme for National Minority Health Month, which we mark every April as a time to focus on efforts to help all Americans achieve the highest level of health they can. Health equity is a challenging goal given how many factors contribute to optimal health, but it is a goal we can never stop striving to attain. There are numerous barriers minorities and other underserved populations face in accessing the health care and those barriers often lead to disparities in…  Read blog

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The Next Step – Making the Most of Your Coverage

By: Cara James, Ph.D.
April 18, 2016

Millions of Americans are gaining health coverage every year. Between 2013 and 2014, African Americans and Latinos saw the largest declines in uninsured rates. During the 2016 open enrollment period, over 2.2 million individuals of color selected plans through the Marketplace. Getting coverage is a big accomplishment, but it is just the first step. Regardless of your race or ethnicity, taking advantage of your coverage so you and your family stay healthy is an equally important step. 
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Mapping Medicare Disparities

By: Cara James, Ph.D.
April 11, 2016

In 2014, two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries had multiple chronic conditions and accounted for 94 percent of Medicare spending1. Racial and ethnic minorities experience disproportionately higher rates of disease, inferior quality of care, and reduced access to care as compared to their white counterparts2. Understanding disparities and their geographic variations is important to inform policy decisions and to identify populations and localities to target for interventions. 
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Reflecting on Our Journey towards Health Equity

By: Cara James, Ph.D.
April 4, 2016

Each April, in recognition of National Minority Health Month, we commemorate past achievements, acknowledge current efforts, and outline our continued journey towards health equity and equality for all. Fifty years ago, our journey included stops in Independence, Missouri where Medicare and Medicaid became law; in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama; and in Washington, D.C. for the signing of the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act. 
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