MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks on National Minority Health Month

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Tuesday that National Minority Health Month is a time to reflect on the opportunity to improve minority health in the country.

In a public statement, Sebellius said that historically, over the last fifty years, minorities have been less likely to get preventive care and more likely to suffer from serious illness. They have also been less likely to have quality health care and insurance coverage.

The Affordable Care Act is helping to advance quality health care and coverage for minorities.

"The health care law addresses the needs of minority populations and other underserved groups by investing in prevention, supporting improvements in primary care and Medicare, and making health care coverage affordable and accessible for all Americans," Sebelius said.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, minorities will gain access to health coverage that can fit into their budget and meet their needs. The new Health Insurance Marketplaces will give all uninsured Americans, minorities or not, a simple way to shop for insurance, according to Sebelius.

"For the first time, Americans will be able to go to one place to learn about their coverage options and be able to make side-by-side comparisons of private insurance plans," Sebelius said. "With a single application, they will also be able to find out if they qualify for a new kind of tax credit that lowers their monthly premiums."

"Achieving health equity means each of us has an equal opportunity to attain optimal health," Sebelius said. "Let's recommit ourselves and our communities to act now to eliminate health disparities and increase access to quality care. We cannot afford to wait."