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New Report Highlights Racial and Economic Disparities in Medicare

Historically, Medicare has done significant work in reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health status and access to health care, including driving the desegregation of America’s hospital systems in the 1960s. However, as a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation demonstrates, that work remains incomplete. Not only do racial and ethnic disparities persist, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated them.

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New Report Highlights Racial and Economic Disparities in Medicare

Historically, Medicare has done significant work in reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health status and access to health care, including driving the desegregation of America’s hospital systems in the 1960s. However, as a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation demonstrates, that work remains incomplete. Not only do racial and ethnic disparities persist, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated them.