Lost in the media coverage of March 2010's Health Care legislation (namely the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010) were some important provisions to address health inequities experienced by both populations and places. Here are some of the important sections I've found. Please send me yours.
SEC. 2303. COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS = $9 Billion allocation!
SEC. 3132. TASK FORCE ON COMMUNITY PREVENTIVE SERVICES = with a focus on health disparities.
SEC. 3151. COMMUNITY PREVENTION AND WELLNESS SERVICES GRANTS for
HEALTH EMPOWERMENT ZONES = community-based projects that address multiple causes of health disparities.
SEC. 399Z-1. SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CLINICS = Communities with high percentages of children and adolescents who are uninsured, underinsured, or eligible for medical assistance under Federal or State health benefits programs.
SEC. 339. GREEN SCHOOLS = improving the physical quality of the school environment.
OK, not enough, and we should already have a government run health system for all, but these additions to the legislation should contribute to addressing health inequities. Better sumthin' over nothin'.