Advancing Opportunities, Assessing Challenges: Key Themes from a Roundtable Discussion of Health Care and Health Equity in the South

KFF: Jun 19, 2014

In late March 2014, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute gathered a broad range of stakeholders at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia for a roundtable discussion of current and future opportunities and challenges for advancing health care and health equity in the South. Roundtable participants represented nearly every state within the South and a broad range of perspectives, including health policy researchers, providers and hospitals, state officials, and consumer advocates. This brief summarizes the primary themes expressed by participants as well as next steps to consider. Many of the themes that arose as part of this discussion apply to the nation more broadly but have particular resonance and importance for the South given the region’s longstanding disparities in health and health care. Companion materials, including Health Coverage and Care in the South in 2014 and Beyond and Health Coverage and Care in the South: A Chartbook, provide information on health coverage and care today in the South and changes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read More