Network Adequacy and Health Equity: Improving Health Insurance Provider Networks for Communities of Color

This brief describes the barriers that people of color face disproportionately in gaining access to necessary health care, components of an adequate health care provider network, and policies to help achieve such networks in private insurance plans. Topics include health disparities; geographic distribution, numbers, and types of health care providers; transportation, language, and culturally-competent care; hours and timeliness of care; and consumer rights under the Affordable Care Act including access to community essential providers. The brief provides examples from states and information on advocating for provider network standards to protect diverse communities.

Population of focus: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

Link to resource: Network Adequacy and Health Equity — Improving Health Insurance Provider Networks for Communities of Color (pdf)

Date: 2014

Organization: Families USA