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AHRQ reports find lingering disparities, slow gains in quality
Modern Healthcare

A new federal report found access to healthcare for racial and ethnic minorities did not improve in the years before 2010’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which includes policies intended to reverse that trend.

The National Healthcare Disparities Report (PDF) from HHS‘ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality showed that between 2002 and 2008, Latinos, American Indians and Alaskan Natives experienced worse access to healthcare than whites on more than 60% of access measures and that blacks experienced worse access on a little more than 30% of measures.