HDA Supports Landmark Health Equity Legislation: HEAA of 2014

HDA Celebrates Introduction of Landmark Health Equity Legislation

The Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2014 advances a broadly supported and comprehensive agenda to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities

WASHINGTON – Today, the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), a leading organization comprised of oral health professionals and students dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community with a vision to eliminate oral health disparities in the Hispanic community, is proud to celebrate the introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) of 2014 by the Congressional Tri-Caucus – comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Health Task Force Chair who will receive HDA’s 2014 National Leader Award, is the lead sponsor of HEAA of 2012.  She will receive the honor at HDA’s 24th Conference & Expo, August 23, 2014, Las Vegas, Nev. “We sincerely thank Congresswoman Roybal-Allard for being the lead sponsor of this important legislation, which HDA supports,” HDA President, Dr. Tyrone Rodriguez said. “Her lead on the fight to end health disparities over her years of public service is exactly the reason why she is deserving of the HDA National Leader Award.  We look forward to presenting it to her at our annual conference next month.”

“I am honored to introduce the 113th Congress Health Equity and Accountability Act on behalf of my colleagues in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus.  HEAA provides a consensus blueprint of the most principled, comprehensive, and strategic plan to eliminate health disparities and improve the health of all communities.  We believe that no one’s life expectancy should be determined by the color of their skin, or the zip code in which they are born.  By adopting HEAA’s wide spectrum strategy of racial, ethnic, ability, language, and gender health disparity elimination initiatives, we hope to dramatically reduce the disproportionately high rates of premature death and preventable illness in our minority communities,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), lead sponsor of HEAA of 2014.

HEAA of 2014 focuses on providing federal resources and policies for ethnic minorities in an effort to eliminate health disparities. It is a comprehensive and broadly-supportive piece of legislation designed to reduce racial imbalances in regards to health care access and outcomes.

HEAA 2014 builds off of HEAA 2011, which already addresses an expansive variety of health equity issues, but in HEAA 2014 has expanded to include provisions such as ones like ACA and HHS’s historic health equity measures that also focus on eliminating health disparities.

Almost 350 organizations have endorsed HEAA of 2014, from the local to the state to the national level, including HDA.  They are united in their mission to achieve health equity, and believe it should be a basic human right, not a privilege. Health equity is something that belongs at the baseline of our nation’s most basic values along with justice, fairness, and equal opportunity. HEAA 2014 delivers the federal resources and policies to make these views a reality, stepping closer to achieving true health equity for all.