Thank You Rep. Roybal-Allard for Introducing the Health Equity and Accountability Act

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September 5, 2013

The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard
Healthcare Task Force Chair
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
2330 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Barbara Lee
Healthcare Task Force Co-Chair
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
2267 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Raul Ruiz, M.D.
Healthcare Task Force Vice-Chair
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
1319 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Ami Bera, M.D.
Healthcare Task Force Co-Chair
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
1408 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Donna Christensen, M.D.
Health Braintrust Chair
Congressional Black Caucus
1510 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representatives Roybal-Allard, Ruiz, Christensen, Lee, and Bera,

We write to thank you for your work and leadership to advance the health and well-being of communities of color in the United States and to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. During the debate on health reform in the 111th Congress, the Congressional Tri-Caucus ensured that the voices of our communities were included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We fully support the provisions in this law that expand access to affordable health insurance coverage for those who are uninsured and underinsured, ensure quality in the delivery of care, advance research, and promote disease prevention in our communities. These are all important steps towards eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities and achieving health equity.

We are thankful for your continued leadership and commitment to developing legislation that builds on these advancements. We support the efforts of the Congressional Tri-Caucus, under the leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Healthcare Task Force Chair Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, to introduce the Health Equity and Accountability Act to the 113th Congress.

In the 112th Congress, Representative Barbara Lee introduced H.R. 2954, the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2011, which built upon the foundations of the Affordable Care Act to further eliminate health disparities for racial and ethnic minorities, and for the subpopulations that face additional barriers based on factors including, but not limited to, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and limited English proficiency by providing federal resources, policies, and infrastructure for health equity initiatives. H.R. 2954 established a principled, strategic, comprehensive vision for achieving health equity post-health reform, and has effectively complemented the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) historic health equity initiatives. For example, in August 2012, HHS announced the Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color App Challenge, an initiative to combat and prevent cancer among women of color, which reflects a key provision of H.R. 2954.

The Health Equity and Accountability Act continues to achieve broad support among health equity advocates, professional associations, and other groups working directly with communities of color. This Act provides a comprehensive roadmap to address the reality that communities of color disproportionately face chronic and infectious diseases and other healthcare-associated issues including costly emergency room visits, loss of productivity and functional ability, and unnecessary institutionalization and premature death due to substantial cultural, social, and economic barriers to obtaining quality health care. As organizations committed to reducing racial and ethnic health disparities and promoting health equity, we are ready to support your work in this endeavor.

The undersigned community organizations, national advocacy groups, professional organizations and research institutions, many of whom have supported this legislation in the past, are ready to offer our expertise and collaboration to advance the Health Equity and Accountability Act in the 113th Congress.

Thank you again for your leadership on these issues.


National Organizations
ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+)
Advocates for Youth
AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA)
AIDS United
Alliance for a Just Society
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Association on Health and Disability
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Council on Exercise
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Kidney Fund
American Nurses Association
American Public Health Association
American Society on Aging
ANAC - Association of Nurse in AIDS Care
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
Association of Black Cardiologists
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
BellinghamFriends Meeting
Black Women's Health Imperative
Breast Cancer Action
Campaign for America's Future
CANN - Community Access National Network
Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
Catholic Health Initiatives
Catholics for Choice
Center for Popular Democracy
Centering Healthcare Institute
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Childbirth Connection
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Refugee & Immigration Ministries
Civil Liberties and Public Policy
CommonHealth ACTION
Community Action Partnership
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
Council for Opportunity in Education
Council on Social Work Education
Democratic Socialists of America
Dignity Health
Direct Care Alliance
Families USA
Family Equality Council
Feminist Majority
First Focus Campaign for Children
Forward Together
Friends Committee on National Legislation
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
Global Justice Institute
Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart
Health Care for America Now
Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership
Hepatitis B Foundation
Hepatitis Foundation International
Hispanic Dental Association (HDA)
Hispanic Federation
HIV Medicine Association
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance
Hmong National Development, Inc.
Housing Works
Human Rights Campaign
International Union, United Auto Workers
Khmer Health Advocates
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, AFL-CIO
Latino Commission on AIDS
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
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Mental Health America
Metropolitan Community Churches
Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)
Morehouse School of Medicine
Ms. Foundation for Women
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Alliance for Mental Illness-NYC Metro Chapter
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of CPMs
National Association of Social Workers
National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.
National Black Women's HIV/AIDS Network, Inc.
National Center for Law and Economic Justice
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Coalition of STD Directors
National Congress of American Indians
National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
National Consumers League
National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
National Education Association
National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association
National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
National Health Law Program
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Immigration Law Center
National Indian Health Board
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Latino AIDS Action Network
National Minority AIDS Council
National Network of Abortion Funds
National Organization for Women
National Partnership for Women & Families
National REACH Coalition
National Senior Citizens Law Center
National Urban League
National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
National WIC Association
National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC)
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National Women's Health Network
National Women's Law Center
Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Alliance
OWL-The Voice of Midlife and Older Women
Partners in Healthy Communities
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Pre-Health Dreamers
Prevention Institute
Project DOCC
Project Inform
Provincal Council of the Clerics of St. Viator (Viatorians)
Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Reproductive Health Technologies Project
Salaam Legal Network and Citizen's Council for Human Rights
SEIU 668
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
Shape Up America!
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Society for Public Health Education
Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues
SocioEnergetics Foundation
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
Student National Medical Association
Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc.
The Center for APA Women
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
The Trevor Project
Trust for America's Health
Unitarian Universalist Association
Women's Law Project
Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project

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