Sign-on Letter Congressional TriCaucus Health Disparities Bill

July 14, 2009 
The Honorable George Miller The Honorable Charles Rangel 
Chairman Chairman 
Committee on Education and Labor Committee on Ways and Means 
U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives 
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 
The Honorable Henry A. Waxman 
Committee on Energy and Commerce 
U.S. House of Representatives 
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairmen Miller, Rangel, and Waxman: 
We are writing in support of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2009 and its 
inclusion in the final health reform legislation. As you and your colleagues continue to 
work on health reform legislation, the undersigned coalitions, groups, and organizations 
urge you to strengthen the commitment to addressing health inequities and make certain 
that health and health care disparities reduction and elimination is prioritized. 
Health disparities, which exist along the lines not only of race and ethnicity, but also 
gender, gender identity, disability, geography, sexual orientation, national origin, and 
socioeconomics, have a direct and detrimental impact on the health care, health 
outcomes, and thus, well-being of millions of people in our country. We envision health 
reform legislation that ensures equity and accountability. The Health Equity and 
Accountability Act of 2009 provides the best opportunity for individuals affected by 
health disparities to access comprehensive as well as culturally and linguistically 
appropriate health care and public health services, and to achieve positive health 
Comprehensive health reform is essential to improving health across the lifespan of 
populations and communities that suffer from health disparities and barriers to health care 
and public health services. Therefore, we urge you to include the Health Equity and 
Accountability Act of 2009 in health reform legislation. 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your leadership and commitment 
to eliminating health disparities. We look forward to working with you to secure passage 
of health reform legislation that includes the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 
2009 to ensure that all populations affected by health and health care disparities have 
access to quality health care and experience optimal health. 
We would also like to thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this request and 
offer our assistance in addressing this critical issue. Please contact Daniel E. Dawes, J.D., 
at (202) 682-5110 or [email protected], if you would like any additional information. 


Adventist HealthCare 
Advocates for Youth 
AIDS Action Council 
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 
American Academy of Physician Assistants 
American Association for Health Education 
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy 
American Association of Pastoral Counselors 
American Association on Health and Disability 
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network 
American College of Sports Medicine
American Counseling Association 
American Diabetes Association 
American Group Psychotherapy Association 
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 
American Medical Student Association 
American Nurses Association 
American Occupational Therapy Association 
American Psychiatric Association 
American Psychological Association 
American Psychotherapy Association 
American Public Health Association 
American Social Health Association 
Amputee Coalition of America 
Anxiety Disorders Association of America 
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum 
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center 
Asian American Justice Center 
Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare 
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations 
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) 
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 
Association of Professional Chaplains 
Association of Public Health Laboratories 
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 
Autism Society of America 
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law 
Beckett Family Consulting 
Brain Injury Association of America 
CAEAR Coalition 
CAEAR Foundation 
California Black Health Network 
California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) 
California Immigrant Policy Center 
California Immigrant Policy Center 
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network 
California Partnership California Primary Care Association 
Campaign for Mental Health Reform 
CANN – Community Access National Network 
Center for Advancing Health 
Center for Clinical Social Work/ABE 
Center for Integrated Behavioral Health Policy 
CHADD ? Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 
Child Welfare League of America 
Clinical Social Work Association 
Colorado Progressive Coalition 
Community Catalyst 
Community Health Councils 
Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project, CHAMP 
Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) 
Summit Health Institute for Research and Education 
Asian Pacific Islander Caucus in official relations with APHA 
Council on Social Work Education 
Defeat Diabetes Foundation 
External Partners Group of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities 
Families USA 
Family Equality Council 
Foundation for Mental Health 
Having Our Say 
Health Care for America Now (HCAN) 
Hepatitis B Foundation 
Hepatitis Foundation International 
HIV Medicine Association 
HIVictorious, Inc. 
Howard University Hospital Center for Wellness and Weight Loss Surgery 
Idaho Community Action Network 
Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research 
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) 
Ke Ali`i Maka`ainana Hawaiian Civic Club 
Kellogg Health Scholars Program 
Khmer Health Advocates 
Korean Resource Center 
La Fe Policy Research and Education Center 
Latino Agenda for Healthcare Reform 
Latino Caucus in official relations with the APHA 
Latinos for National Heath Insurance 
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 
Maine People's Alliance 
Make the Road New York 
Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition 
Mental Health America 
Michigan Positive Action Coalition (MI-POZ) 
Montanans for Health Care MSEA/SEIU 1989 Change that Works 
National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia 
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors 
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association 
National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse 
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum 
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders 
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Health Equity Council 
National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors 
National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) 
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems 
National Association of Social Workers 
National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition 
National Cambodian American Health Initiative 
National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) 
National Council of Jewish Women 
National Council of La Raza (NCLR) 
National Council of Urban Indian Health 
National Dental Association 
National Federation of Families for Children?s Mental Health 
National Foundation for Mental Health 
National Health Equity Coalition 
National Health Law Program 
National Hispanic Medical Association 
National Immigration Law Center 
National Indian Project Center 
National Kidney Foundation 
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) 
National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) 
National LGBT Health Coalition 
National Minority AIDS Council 
National Puerto Rican Coalition Inc. 
National REACH Coalition 
National WIC Association 
National Women?s Law Center 
National Women's Health Network 
Native Research Network, Inc 
New Age Services Corporation 
New Hampshire Health Care for America Now Coalition 
New York Immigration Coalition 
New York Immigration Coalition 
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest 
Northeast Action 
Northwest Federation of Community Organizations 
Novo Nordisk 
Ocean State Action 
Oregon Action Out of Many, One Coalition 
Papa Ola Lokahi 
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National 
Project Inform 
Psychologists in Indian Country 
Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need 
Researchers against Inactivity-related Disorders (RID) 
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) 
South Dakotans for Health Care Solutions 
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) 
Special Olympics 
Take Action Minnesota 
Tennants and Workers United (VA) 
The AIDS Institute 
The Brooklyn Task Force on Infant and Maternal Mortality and Family Health 
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) 
The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital 
Trust for America?s Health 
Washington Community Action Network 
WE ACT for Environmental Justice 
Joined by: Consumers Union 
CC: President of the United States Barack Obama 
 Speaker Nancy Pelosi 
 Majority Leader Steny Hoyer 
 Majority Whip James Clyburn 
 House Energy and Commerce Committee 
House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health 
House Ways and Means Committee 
House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Health 
House Education and Labor Committee 
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus 
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Health Taskforce 
Congressional Black Caucus 
Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust 
Congressional Hispanic Caucus 
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Health and the Environment Taskfor

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