The Affordable Care Act & Uninsured Men

This post isn’t about nursing, per se, but it is about health disparities. Health disparities are one of the problems that I think will be at least partially solved by addressing the racial, ethnic, gender and sexual make-up of health care providers, so it is reasonable to look at other aspects of the issue and (pragmatist that I am) offer solutions.

This one has an easy partial solution: reach out to uninsured men who are eligible for subsidized insurance and encourage them to enroll. According to this brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 44% of uninsured non-elderly men are eligible for financial assistance. Health coverage would go a long way toward reducing health disparities in this population. If you know folks who are uninsured, it might not be a bad idea to refer them to so they can find out what sort of help is available to them.


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