Everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to attain their optimal health and well-being.  For far too long, this ideal has felt out of reach for many individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Sickle Cell Disease – an inherited blood disorder, affects approximately 100,000 individuals in the United States, the majority of whom are Black/African American, and/or Hispanic.

The CMS Framework for Health Equity depicts how CMS will operationalize efforts to achieve health equity across CMS programs in the next decade.

We’ve learned a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic on the ways access to comprehensive health care affects our lives and well-being. The availability of COVID-19 tests, vaccines, and treatments have saved millions of Americans from sickness and death  ̶  because the federal government stepped up to make sure that every person who needs COVID-related care has access to the care they need.