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Affordable Care Act, Health Equity, Data Collection, Disability, Disability Law, HHS, Public Health


Prior to the Affordable Care Act, 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.

This article argues that standardized health collection data is critical to health equity, and because of the ACA’s groundbreaking requirements for data collection of disability status and treatment of patients with disabilities, we now have the potential to identify, track, and address disability health inequities in the United States.