Presented by National Consumer Law Center and Community Catalyst
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 2pmEST
Despite the aims of the Affordable Care Act, medical debt remains a looming crisis, disproportionately affecting Black households and communities. Race contributes to whether households have medical debt, with 27.9% of Black households carrying medical debt compared to 17.2% of white non-Hispanic households. Households in the South, the region with the highest concentration of Black people, carry more medical debt than households in other areas of the country. Structural and systemic racism underlies these disparities in medical debt. For these reasons, medical debt must be addressed as a racial justice issue that exacerbates the existing racial wealth and health gap facing Black families and communities.
During this webinar, we will discuss the following:
1) Introduction to racial wealth and health divide
2) Intersection between medical debt and the racial wealth divide
3) State and federal policy solutions addressing the racial impacts of medical debt
4) The need for more consumer resources on medical debt
Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences in healthcare advocacy, data trends they have seen in medical debt in their states, and best practices and policy ideas for addressing medical debt in Black communities.
Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chief of Membership, Policy and Equity, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Erin C. Fuse-Brown, Assistant Professor of Law, Georgia State University
Venus R. Lockett, Georgia Consumer
Berneta L. Haynes, Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Odette Williamson, Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Stacey Wright, Senior Director of Equity and Engagement, Community Catalyst