Allen Fehrnstom

I am a public policy analyst studying access to health care and health care disparities.

The term health disparities refers to population-specific differences in the presence of disease, health outcomes, quality of health care and access to health care services that exist across racial and ethnic groups. Disparities represent a lack of efficiency within the health care system

Americans are already seeing the benefits of health care reform. The new law requires health insurance companies to end their most indefensible practice: rescinding coverage after a policyholder gets sick.

The insurers decided to act after they were whacked by some bad publicity. An investigative report by Reuters said that one of the nation’s biggest insurers, WellPoint, was targeting women with breast cancer for rescissions.

Although WellPoint fiercely denied singling out breast cancer patients for scrutiny, it