President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are threatening to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), undoing the tremendous progress California has made in reducing disparities in access to mental health care services. Prior to the ACA, Latinos and African Americans who sought help for mental health or substance use services were less likely to receive necessary treatment. While these disparities persist, with more individuals insured, low-income Californians and communities of color are better able to access vital behavioral health services.
Communities of color, the majority of the newly insured under Affordable Care Act (ACA), will be most negatively impacted from national efforts to repeal the law. Prior to the ACA communities of color, who made up just over half of all residents, were three-quarters (74%) of California’s uninsured. The ACA significantly helped to close the coverage gap, cutting uninsurance rates by more than half for Asian Americans and African Americans between 2013 and 2015 and reducing rates for Latinos at slightly lower rates.
The third edition of this report uses current data and research to examine health disparities across a broad spectrum of factors and social conditions. Throughout the report, the complex relationship between structural factors and health outcomes is discussed. The report also includes case studies, policy wins and policy recommendations.
This brief identifies the persistent oral health disparities impacting low-income, communities of color in California and pathways to improve oral health equity.
This report presents 10-year trends in several key health and wellness indicators for children ages 0-5 in California, including health insurance coverage, dental visits, and overweight-for-age.
This report discusses the health insurance status, Medi-Cal eligibility, and demographics of California immigrants eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents.
This report measures well-being across California on the basis of health, education, and income.
This resource includes a comprehensive data resource to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth.
This resource features a micro-simulation model that can be used estimate the impact of various elements of the Affordable Care Act.
This report examines how the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages impacts health in California's communities of color and how an excise tax on these beverages could improve health outcomes.