Health Equity and Inclusion

The Affordable Care Act and Delivery System Reforms Are Valuable Tools for Reducing Disparities

Health Access supports a multi-pronged effort to reduce disparities, including improved access to linguistically and culturally competent care, an interdisciplinary approach to the social determinants of health, and a stronger, more inclusive social contract.

While Health Access works for coverage for all, we recognize that California's diverse communities have distinct needs and issues. For example, many disadvantaged communities--communities of color, low-income families, and LGBT Californians--have worse outcomes and life expectancy than the rest of the population. Of the many factors that account for health disparities, the ones that are most amenable to change are those related to health and health care, specifically the way health care is delivered and experienced across cultural barriers.

With our coalition partners, Heatlh Access will continue to address the needs of California's diverse communities, through language access, health equity, immigrant rights, LGBTQ inclusion, protections for seniors and people with disabilities, women's health, rural access, care for the undocumented, and addressing the social determinants of health. The ACA’s coverage and affordability measures and Medi-Cal reforms like Medi-Cal 2020 are valuable tools for health equity. We will also continue to push to make Covered California’s marketing and outreach initiatives more inclusive and focused on communities of color and other groups that are disproportionately uninsured.


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Our Mission

Founded in 1987, Health Access is the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition advocating for quality, affordable health care for all Californians. Our agenda includes:

  • Expanding Coverage: Implementing and improving upon health reform.
  • Fighting for a Fair Budget for the Future: Protecting public investments to preserve access to care.
  • Protecting Consumers: Ensuring consumer representation and protection.

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1127 11th Street, Suite 925   map
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-497-0923
Fax: 916-497-0921
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