Clinton Signs Bill Boosting Research Funding for Minority Health
On Nov. 22, President Bill Clinton signed the Health Care Fairness Act (S. 1880) into law, Reuters/Washington Post reports. The legislation calls for more than $150 million to create a National Center for Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health and will help fund increased medical training for minorities. Pointing out that African-American men have higher cancer rates, Hispanics and Native Americans higher diabetes rates and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders higher liver cancer rates than the overall population, Clinton called the new law "a major contribution toward eliminating [race-based health] disparities by 2010." He said reaching that goal "must be pursued with the same rigor with which we have worked towards eliminating barriers to basic civil rights" (Reuters/Washington Post, 11/23).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.