Health Equity and Accountability Act
Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), on behalf of members of the Congressional Tri-Caucus, composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), introduced H.R. 5942, the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA). This comprehensive package focuses on improving the health of people who face cultural, social, and economic barriers to health. Among other provisions, HEAA would increase the diversity of the health care workforce through scholarships, grants, and STEM training, and ensure that patients have access to health care that meets their cultural and linguistic needs. The latest version of HEAA focuses on eliminating health disparities and addresses the need to protect sensitive locations for immigrant communities seeking health care. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) is expected to introduce HEAA in the Senate. NACHC participates in a large working group of national and state organizations designed to craft and improve this bill, and joined nearly 200 of them in sending an endorsement letter to the hill.