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Health Equity

Breaking Down Systemic Barriers to Health Care

Due to systemic injustices and life-long discrimination, certain populations of older adults face barriers in accessing the care they need, and suffer poorer health as a result. Justice in Aging believes every person has a right to access healthcare without discrimination and in their own language. Over the past few years we have focused on fighting against the Trump Administration’s cruel “Public Charge” rule, as well as the rollback of civil rights protections in health care settings that were enacted in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Click the tiles below for our dedicated pages on these two critical pieces of health equity work. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our older resources can be found by searching our Resource Library. 

Read our issue brief about Older Immigrants and Medicare, April, 2019

Read this fact sheet about Examining How Crisis Standards of Care May Lead to Intersectional Medical Discrimination Against COVID-19 Patients, February 2021.

Public Charge & Immigrant Seniors

Proposed changes to "public charge" will ensure that the American Dream is only available to immigrants who are healthy and wealthy and do not have disabilities, and make it harder for older adults to join their families in the US.

The Health Care Rights Law (1557)

Everyone should have the right to be treated with respect by their doctors, receive treatment that fits their needs, and get information in a language they can understand.

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