Achieving health equity – the highest level of health for everyone – is a critical imperative for this country, not only because it is at the heart of our shared values of fairness, justice, and equal opportunity, but because it is impossible to have a sustainable healthcare system without it. While the Affordable Care Act includes a number of provisions that reduce health disparities, its main focus is to extend access to health insurance to millions of Americans. To truly achieve equity and eliminate disparities, we must build on the gains provided under the Affordable Care Act and address disparities in a more comprehensive and integrated way. Our focus is on racial and ethnic minorities and on the sub-populations within communities of color that face multiple barriers such as but not limited to immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and limited English proficiency. The Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2018 can provide the tools necessary to address these health inequities and ensure that health and health care disparities elimination are prioritized.


The Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2018

Fact Sheet

The Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) is a comprehensive, broadly-supported legislation to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. HEAA is the only legislation that holistically addresses health inequalities, their intersections with immigration status, age, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, language, and socio-economic status, along with obstacles associated with historical and…


Successful HEAA Provisions


For over a decade, the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) has been introduced each Congress by members of the Congressional Black, Hispanic and Asian and Pacific American Caucuses. HEAA serves as a key marker of how health equity advocates in Congress and in policy organizations would comprehensively address disparities. However, HEAA also has been…