Inequities amplified by COVID-19: Opportunities for Medicaid to address health disparities
COVID-19 has laid bare and will likely exacerbate the glaring inequity faced by communities of color due to a “constellation” of factors. COVID-19 related health disparities, driven by economic and social circumstances such as living conditions (e.g., residential segregation, multigenerational households, overrepresentation in jails and prisons) and employment (e.g., greater numbers in service industries), are compounded by the physical and psychological effects of a legacy of discrimination and racism for these individuals.
S. Patel, T. McGinnis. Inequities amplified by COVID-19: Opportunities for Medicaid to address health disparities. Health Affairs Blog; May 29,2020. Available online.