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Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care Among African Americans

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Barriers to/Disparities in Health Care; Use of Health Services; Current Population Survey (CPS); National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); Employment-based coverage; Medicaid/Medi-Cal; Uninsured; Low-Income; Racial and Ethnic Groups; Uninsured; Access to Health Care; Health Insurance Coverage and Programs; Population Focus; Data Sources

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African Americans comprise 13% of the U.S. population. As a group, their health status continues to lag behind that of whites.  For example, the African American infant mortality rate is more than double that of whites and African Americans die from diabetes at more than three times the rate of whites.  Although many factors account for health status differences, access to health insurance coverage and appropriate health services could reduce many of these disparities.

Co-published by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research & The Kaiser Family Foundation. Drawn from "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Health Insurance and Health Care." Brown ER, Ojeda V, Wyn R, Levan R. August 2000.


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