Raising Women’s Voices

Issue Brief Examines Harmful Effects of High-deductible Health Plans on Communities of Color

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on September 26, 2008

High-deductible health plans have been supported by some policymakers as a strategy for reducing the number of uninsured Americans.  But a new issue brief released by Minority Health Initiaves at Families USA discusses the ways in which such policy would disproportionately burden racial and ethnic minorities with unaffordable health care expenses.

The issue brief identifies three serious concerns with the impact of high-deductible health plans on communities of color:

High out-of-pocket costs;
Incentives to delay or avoid necessary care; and
Barriers that will widen the health disparities gap.

Read more here.

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