A new report from the state Department of Human Services (DHS) calls for changes in Minnesota’s Medicaid program to improve racial equity and health outcomes in the state–particularly for black Minnesotans born in this country.

“With this report our goal was to not only layout these structural inequities but then work with the most impacted communities to help prioritize calls to action.”

Dr. Nathan Chomilo with DHS says the report recommends making it easier to enroll and renew coverage, expanding access to culturally relevant care, and engaging the community in the process of creating policy for Medicaid. More than 40-percent of black Minnesotans–including almost two-thirds of Black children–get their health care coverage through the federal-state program.