Health Care

The Next America: From Coverage to Care

October 8, 2015
Washington, D.C.

Since the Af­ford­able Care Act was en­acted in­to law and its in­sur­ance ex­pan­sion pro­vi­sions went in­to ef­fect, mil­lions of the coun­try’s low-in­come and minor­ity pop­u­la­tions have gained ac­cess to health­care cov­er­age. However, many of these newly in­sured still face chal­lenges in nav­ig­at­ing an un­fa­mil­i­ar heath care sys­tem to ac­cess high-qual­ity care that leads to im­prove health out­comes for them and their fam­il­ies.

Na­tion­al Journ­al held a policy for­um dis­cuss­ing the chal­lenge of mov­ing from cov­er­age to care: trans­lat­ing the his­tor­ic in­crease in health in­sur­ance cov­er­age un­der the ACA in­to ac­tu­al im­prove­ments in health out­comes, par­tic­u­larly in minor­ity and low-in­come com­munit­ies that have his­tor­ic­ally had lim­ited en­gage­ment with the health in­sur­ance sys­tem. Now that more Amer­ic­ans are covered, what are the steps re­quired to pro­duce bet­ter health out­comes for these pop­u­la­tions? What are the in­gredi­ents of cul­tur­ally com­pet­ent care that ease the trans­ition in­to the health care sys­tem for fam­il­ies who are not fa­mil­i­ar with it?

Presented by

Atlantic Live


  • Georges Benjamin, M.D.
    Georges Benjamin, M.D. Executive Director American Public Health Association
  • Ron Brownstein
    Ron Brownstein Editorial Director Atlantic Media
  • J. Nadine Gracia, M.D.
    J. Nadine Gracia, M.D. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • A. Seiji Hayashi, M.D.
    A. Seiji Hayashi, M.D. Executive Vice President for Transformation and Innovation Unity Healthcare
  • McCrae Parker
    McCrae Parker Managing Director ZeroDivide
  • Ramanathan Raju, M.D.
    Ramanathan Raju, M.D. President and CEO New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
  • Diane Rowland
    Diane Rowland Vice President Kaiser Family Foundation and Director, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
  • Patrice Harris, M.D.
    Patrice Harris, M.D. Chair-Elect American Medical Association
  • Justine Handelman
    Justine Handelman Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Policy Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • Michael Scott
    Michael Scott Chief Equity Officer, President and Co-Founder Equity Matters
  • Marilyn Werber Serafini
    Marilyn Werber Serafini Vice President for Policy Alliance for Health Reform


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