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Overview of the Health Equityand Accountability Act of 2011 SYNChronicity 2012 Conference Paulo Pontemayor, APIAHF April 21, 2012
What is the Health Equity and Accountability Act?• Introduced by the Tri-Caucus (made up of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus) as a comprehensive health disparities elimination bill for racial and ethnic communities over the last 5 Congresses• Rotates sponsorship in each Congress – CAPAC is the lead this year
Congressional Tri-Caucus Health Task Force chairs Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Community Working Group (Who)• In late May, APIAHF started to convene advocacy groups to work on updating H.R. 3090 (111th version).• This CWG is made up of a broad range of national and state advocacy organizations.• Weekly meetings to discuss the scope, strategy and logistics of a HEAA in the 112th
Community Working Group (How)• The CWG conducted an analysis of H.R. 3090 with the ACA, ARRA and other enacted laws.• Developed educational and advocacy materials.• The group conducts its work through content and strategy committees.• The CWG works in partnership with Congressional Tri-Caucus and Senate staff.
What’s happened in the 112th Congress?
Why work on the HEAA?• Strengthens and complements the ACA• Creates visibility for the Tri-Caucus and racial and ethnic health disparities issues.• Opportunities for further legislative action• Opportunities for Administrative action
Why work on the HEAA? (cont.)• Broadens the range of stakeholders committed to health disparities issues• Community mobilization tool• Opportunities for state health equity advocacy
How can you be involved?• Join the HEAA 2011 Community Working Group List serve: – http://groups.google.com/group/HEAA2011• Sign onto the Consensus Statement: – http://bit.ly/HEAAprincipleSign-On• Call/join into our meetings on Fridays (10:00 AM- 12:00 PM EST)
Questions? Paulo Pontemayor, firstname.lastname@example.org More resources available athttp://www.apiahf.org/policy-and-advocacy/policy-priorities