New York Must Do More to Address Health Disparities

2014-06_Addressing-Health-Disparities-Through-the-Marketplace-Print-1Building on New York State’s success in enrolling nearly a million New Yorkers in health insurance, a new report makes recommendations on how to continue improving health care by aggressively addressing health disparities in the coming years.

New York State of Health, the new health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is off to a good start addressing health disparities. However, much more needs to be done quickly – within the next few years – says a “white paper” released today by the Public Policy and Education Fund of New York, Make the Road New York and the Alliance for a Just Society.

“One million people enrolled is an extraordinary accomplishment,” said Bob Cohen, PPEF Policy Director and one of the report co-authors.  “However, given that almost 60 percent of those without insurance are non-white, we need to build consensus on an action plan to assure that the needs of those traditionally shut out of the health insurance marketplace are met.”

The report, “Addressing Health Disparities Through the Marketplace: An Action Agenda for New York State of Health,” applauds NYSOH for steps it has already taken to reduce disparities, then outlines distinct actions to further develop the strategy.

Read the full report here: http://allianceforajustsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2014-06_Addressing-Health-Disparities-Through-the-Marketplace-Print.pdf

Pushing Back Against the Criminalization of Everyday Life.

In the past four decades, mass incarceration and immigration control in the United States has skyrocketed. Today, the U.S. incarcerates more of its population than any other country in the world – at rates unmatched in modern history. Alliance.for.a.Just.Society_Pushing Back_FINAL

More than seven million people are under control of the criminal justice system. The U.S. has less than five percent of the world’s population, but we have almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. China, which has four times more people than the United States, is a distant second in incarceration numbers, with 1.6 million people in prison.

With the increase in private prisons – driven by making profits for their investors – we are seeing an increase in the criminalization of everyday life.

Read our new report –

Communities Under Attack: Pushing Back Against the Criminalization of Everyday Life.