• Description

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help New Mexico achieve health equity by expanding access to care, bolstering public health and prevention programs, and improving the health-care safety net. A number of provisions under the ACA focus on reducing health disparities, particularly among racial and ethnic populations. This study provides a point-in-time snapshot of the progress in implementing ACA provisions aimed at advancing health equity for children and families living in New Mexico.Drawing from multiple sources of evidence — census data, geo-mapping, 55 stakeholder interviews, and a comprehensive review of the literature and policy documents — this study:(1) provides a baseline of children's insurance coverage needed for ongoing monitoring and tracking of progress toward health equity;(2) reviews the health equity provisions in the ACA and highlights those New Mexico is implementing;(3) researches and gathers information about the challenges of implementing specific provisions of the ACA focusing on health equity;(4) summarizes implementation benchmarks and timelines; and(5) provides solutions for moving forward to achieving health equity for children and their families.