Why the Affordable Care Act Matters to Diverse Older People
November 6, 2013 2:00 pm Eastern Time
Cosponsored by Grantmakers in Aging, The California Wellness Foundation, The Diverse Elders Coalition, and The John A. Hartford Foundation
Wednesday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central/Noon Mountain/ 11:00 a.m. Pacific
- Yanira Cruz, President and CEO, National Hispanic Council on Aging; and
- Michael Adams, Executive Director, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
The health coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect you, your loved ones and your communities. The Diverse Elders Coalition represents millions of diverse older people age 50+ who are among those affected by the these expansions. They include the Health Insurance Marketplace, the Medicaid expansion, new benefits for elders 65+ on Medicare, and a range of protections that make health care more accessible for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people and older people of color. The number of uninsured older adults age 50-64 continues to rise—from 3.7 million in 2000 to 8.9 million in 2010. In addition, people of color make up more than half of uninsured people in the U.S.— and research shows that people of color, across the age span, face significant disparities in physical and mental health. Additionally, many people of color delay care because of potential medical costs and out of fear of discrimination or cultural incompetence from medical providers.These issues are especially true for LGBT people of color who face challenges on multiple aspects of their identities. The ACA has the ability to create a path to better health by offering more affordable health insurance options, improving services and eliminating the usual obstacles. This webinar will highlight both national and state-specific examples on what is being done to ensure that older people know about the changes that are taking place under the ACA and how it affects them.