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Statement of Ralph B. Everett, President and CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, on House Passage of Health Reform Legislation
Date:3/22/2010

WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement by Ralph B. Everett was released today by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies:

"The health care reform legislation passed by the United States House of Representatives yesterday is an historic measure that will move the nation in the direction of eliminating longstanding racial and ethnic disparities.  As its provisions take effect, the new law will improve the state of health care for people of color by covering the uninsured and widening coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.  In addition, health care providers will now be incentivized to work in medically underserved communities.  These and other provisions together will bring significant improvements in health outcomes for people of color, who as a group face greater barriers to high-quality care than the population at large.

"Our research has shown that nearly a third of health costs faced by minority Americans are excess expenses due to inequities in our system, and that they add more than $250 billion a year to the nation's health care costs.  Addressing many of the existing inequities, as this new law will do, will save money across the board.


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