Health Disparities Narrowed for Blacks, Latinos Under Obamacare, Study Shows

Health care disparities among blacks and Latinos compared to whites has narrowed because of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” according to a study published by the The Commonwealth Fund Thursday.

The report found that the number of blacks and Latinos without health care coverage dropped during the first two years the ACA’s coverage expansion was implemented.

From 2013 and 2015, the number of uninsured rate among blacks between ages 19-64 dropped 9 percent, and dropped 12 percent among uninsured Latinos ages 19-64, the study showed. The number of uninsured whites dropped 5 percent. The disparity among uninsured blacks and whites also narrowed by 4 percent and among Latinos and whites narrowed 7 percent.




Image: A patient receives care at El Nuevo San Juan Health Center

A patient receives care at El Nuevo San Juan Health Center, one of 10 clinics operated in New York City by Urban Health Plan.