Fact Sheet Most Adults Who Feel Treated or Judged Unfairly When Applying for Public Benefits Report Adverse Consequences
Eleanor Pratt, Heather Hahn
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Nearly 7 in 10 adults who have felt treated or judged unfairly when applying for public benefits reported adverse consequences, including going without or delaying needed benefits. In the Urban Institute’s April 2021 Health Reform Monitoring Survey, more than 8 percent of adults whose families had ever received or applied for public benefits reported they had felt treated or judged unfairly because of their race or ethnicity while applying. These experiences differ starkly by race and ethnicity; Black adults and adults who are Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, or more than one race were at least twice as likely as white adults to report facing unfair treatment or judgment because of their race or ethnicity.

Research Areas Health and health care Race and equity
Tags Health equity Racial and ethnic disparities Hospitals and physicians From Safety Net to Solid Ground Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial inequities in health Financial stability
Policy Centers Health Policy Center Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population