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Health Care and Civil Rights Seminar - Crossley

Publish Date/Time: 
January 3, 2014

Reading assignment for first class – Wednesday, 1/8

To prepare for the first seminar reading, please read the following, all of which are posted on the course’s TWEN site under Assigned Articles/Week #1 Readings folder:

Readings on health insurance coverage in the U.S., financial and nonfinancial barriers to care, and an introduction to health care civil rights and health disparities

  • Joel B. Teitelbaum, Health Care and Civil Rights: An Introduction, 15 Ethnicity & Disease S2-27 (2005).
  • Kaiser Comm’n on Medicaid and the Uninsured, The Uninsured:  A Primer (Oct. 2013).
  • Jeffrey T. Kullgren & Catherine G. McLaughlin, Beyond Affordability:  The Impact of Nonfinancial Barriers on Access for Uninsured Adults in Three Diverse Communities, 35 J. Community Health 240 (2010).  (focus on Results and Discussion)
  • Tara Parker-Pope, Tackling a Racial Gap in Breast Cancer Survival, New York Times, Dec. 20, 2013.

Reading relevant to seminar paper

  • Eugene Volokh, Writing a Student Article, 48 J. Legal Educ. 247 (1998). (skim the entire article, but focus on pp. 1-6)

 In reading these materials, you should consider the following questions: 

  • What are some of the different ways in which inequality relating to health and health care might be experienced?
  • How might differences in insurance coverage contribute to health inequalities?
  • What factors other than differences in insurance coverage contribute to health inequalities?
  • What kinds of laws might play some role in addressing health inequalities?


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