Addressing Health Disparities Amid the Pandemic
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
The issue of health disparities has received increased attention amid the COVID-19 pandemic, largely due to the disproportionate impact of the virus on minorities and low-income groups in the United States. An analysis of hospital billings found that adults 65 and older with incomes low enough to qualify for Medicaid, a federal health insurance program for low-income Americans, have higher rates of coronavirus infection than higher-earning older adults. Low-income workers are more likely to hold jobs deemed ‘essential’, putting them at higher risk of infection. Additionally, underlying health issues, found to be more prevalent among low-income adults, and lack of health insurance could also be driving more severe caseloads among low-income Americans.