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What's changed six years into the Affordable Care Act?

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J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health & Director of the Office of Minority Health

Six years ago, today, the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obama Care," was signed into law. The goal was to make health care accessible to all Americans, and to eliminate disparities based on income, education, gender and race. 

 

Things like heart disease, diabetes, lower birth rates and life expectancy rates are more common in black and brown populations. So has the ACA been able to make a dent in this problem yet? KALW’s Leila Day sat down with Dr. Nadine Gracia, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, to find out what has changed.

Leila Day is a Senior Producer at Pineapple Street Media and is the Executive Producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast, stories about the black diaspora. Her work has been featured on NPR, 99% Invisible, the BBC as well as other outlets. Before The Stoop, she was an editor at Al Jazeera's podcast network and worked on creating and editing award winning narrative driven journalism. She began her career in journalism at KALW where she worked as a health care and criminal justice reporter. During that time she contributed as an editor, taught audio storytelling to inmates at San Quentin, and helped develop curriculum for training upcoming reporters.