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Study: Western States Eliminate Race Gap on Key Health Measures
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A major new study looking at health disparities across the U.S. finds that significant gaps in managing heart disease and diabetes persist — except in western states, where the gap has been eliminated.

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Harvard University looked at 100,000 Medicare patients who were enrolled in HMOs, called “Medicare Advantage” plans, from 2006 to 2011. While management of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar improved overall, blacks “substantially” trailed whites everywhere except the western U.S., an area from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific, as well as Alaska and Hawaii.