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Statement for Hearing on “Examining Our COVID-19 Response: Improving Health Equity and Outcomes by Addressing Health Disparities”

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Published on Mar 25, 2021

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Every American deserves affordable, high-quality care and health coverage regardless of health status, race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability. For years, health insurance providers have been committed to improving health equity and combating social factors, like food insecurity and poverty, that can reduce health in our communities.

Over the last year, the COVID-19 crisis has ravaged the physical and economic health of communities across the country. Communities that are disadvantaged and have higher non-white populations are experiencing higher rates of infection and death from COVID-19. They also are suffering greater economic harm. More than ever, we need to take sustained action to improve health equity.

AHIP greatly appreciates and shares the HELP Committee’s commitment to improving health equity and outcomes. We look forward to working with the Committee to ensure that every American has an equal opportunity to thrive and achieve their best health during and after COVID-19.