Because of the Affordable Care Act, all uninsured Americans will have access to affordable health insurance, including seven million more African Americans who will gain coverage.
The Affordable Care Act expands access to preventive care. This will help to reduce health disparities for 41 million African Americans by helping to prevent many diseases that have a disproportionate impact on the African American community. The death rate for African Americans is higher than that of whites for heart diseases, stroke, cancer, asthma, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Early detection and preventive care can help catch these life threatening ailments.
The Affordable Care Act makes sure insurance companies can’t take advantage of their customers. They can’t arbitrarily place caps on coverage or cancel your coverage when you get sick. And in two years, no insurance company will be able to discriminate based on pre-existing conditions.
President Obama’s agenda provides $11 billion for infrastructure enhancements to community health centers, which will allow them to provide access and treatment to 40 million patients by 2019.