Collecting New Data on Disability Health Inequities

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One of the goals of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the reduction and elimination of health inequities, generally defined as population-level health differences that adversely affect disadvantaged groups. The ACA provides powerful new tools to collect, analyze, and share standardized data on these inequities. Prior to the ACA, disability was marginalized in data collection efforts, limiting our ability to understand and address significant health inequities experienced by millions of Americans. Now, for the first time, we can use these tools to collect valuable new data on the nature and extent of health inequities experienced by people with disabilities across the country. Standardized health data collection is critical to health equity.