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Obamacare Reduces Racial Disparities in Health Coverage

By Algernon Austin Download the PDF. Press release The 2014 implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has had a promising start in providing health insurance for all Americans. All racial groups have experienced substantial increases in their health insurance coverage. Before the ACA was enacted, people of color were much […]

By |December 16th, 2015

Building an Inclusive Economy: How the Better Off Budget Helps People of Color

The racial wealth gap experienced by communities of color represents one of the starkest points of economic inequality in the United States. When more people live in poverty with few or negative assets, our families, communities, democratic institutions, and economy are at risk.

By |April 3rd, 2014

The Chained CPI: Increasing Economic Inequality for African Americans

The Chained CPI: Increasing Economic Inequality for African Americans finds that COLA decreases resulting from the chained CPI will disproportionately harm African Americans who have dramatically fewer sources of wealth to draw upon compared to whites. Almost half of African American seniors rely on Social Security for more than 90 percent of income in retirement due to lower levels of educational attainment, employment, earnings, and ownership of family assets such as homes, investments, savings accounts, businesses and other opportunities to build assets over time that ensure financial security in post-working years.

By |July 1st, 2013

Plan for a New Future: The Impact of Social Security Reform on People of Color

Read the Report As the United States  to a “majority-minority” population over the next three decades, Social Security must be modernized to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and economically insecure workforce. Although Social Security does not contribute to the federal deficit, Social Security benefit cuts are at the center of discussions in Congress […]

By |January 18th, 2013