PSC’s Dr. Judy Lubin’s analysis of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its potential for improving access to care for the Latino population is featured in the Spring 2014 issue of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. An academic, non-partisan policy journal housed in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the HJHP is devoted to interdisciplinary scholarship on politics and policy issues facing the Latino communities in the United States.
Dr. Lubin’s article, Inclusion and Exclusion of Latinos in the Affordable Care Act: Challenges and Opportunities for Achieving Health Equity, examines outreach strategies and various components of the health law to assess its ability to reduce and prevent the exacerbation of health inequities. The article examines the political environment that shaped the Affordable Care Act and its implications for Latino health. The inclusive and exclusionary aspects of some of the ACA’s provisions and implementation is explored within the context of the nation’s commitment to the elimination of health disparities and international consensus on a right to medical care regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, income, or legal status. Lubin concludes:
Notwithstanding the Affordable Care Act’s many benefits, variations in the states’ expansion of Medicaid and the continuation of the 1996 welfare reform policy making some legal immigrants ineligible for benefits will limit the extent to which Latinos gain access to quality, affordable, and culturally appropriate care and treatment.
The full text of the article can be downloaded from the Social Science Research Network’s website: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2431261.