GLMA is proud to endorse the 2022 Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA), following over a decade of support for previous versions of HEAA.
The bill is a comprehensive and strategic legislative roadmap that aims to eliminate racial and ethnic health inequities. HEAA is the only legislation that directly addresses the intersection of health inequities with race and ethnicity, as well as immigration status, age, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, language, and socio-economic status.
For this reason, GLMA calls on all members of Congress to support HEAA.
As stated in the letter of support that GLMA joined, “Since the 108th Congress, HEAA has provided policymakers with a comprehensive set of smart, strategic policy solutions designed to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities." Since 2003, HEAA has been introduced by the Congressional Tri-Caucus, comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). The CBC is leading the introduction of HEAA for the 117th Congress and Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Chair of the CBC Health Braintrust, is the lead sponsor. For more specifics on the bill, check out this fact sheet.