The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies will present a panel discussion on Thursday, February 28, 2013 to assess the implications of the looming federal sequestration for health, human development, and environmental programs that are important to communities of color. Sequestration will significantly cut federal programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC; Head Start; HIV prevention and testing; and programs that provide low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic testing, among other programs.
Cuts in these and other programs, mandated by sequestration, are expected to have wide impact on communities of color, which are already vulnerable to the lingering effects of the recession. Panelists will discuss how these programs provide vital health, environmental and human development services, and particularly how the sequestration will aggravate existing racial and ethnic health disparities and increase the burden of disease – a burden that an earlier Joint Center study documented as costing the nation $1.24 trillion over four years. Sequestration therefore could increase health care costs, increase the number of Americans who require disability assistance and reduce overall economic productivity.
Panelists will include:
- Ellen Nissenbaum, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- Liany Elba Arroyo, Associate Director, Education and Children's Policy Project, National Council of La Raza
- Amber D. Ebarb, Program Manager, Policy Research Center, National Congress of American Indians
- Priscilla Huang, JD, Policy Director, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
- Brian Smedley, Ph.D., Vice President and Director, Joint Center Health Policy Institute
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