State Health Disparities Trace Medicaid Expansion

Two maps illustrate the link between states that rank low in population health and states that have not committed to Medicaid expansion.

1 comments on "State Health Disparities Trace Medicaid Expansion"
Robert C. Bowman, M.D. (12/17/2013 at 9:46 AM)

It is interesting that these disparities have been present for at least three decades without much comment. So it should not be a surprise regarding misinformed opposition to expansion or a Supreme Court made up of justices unaware of the disparities of our design. And Commonwealth and others push pay for performance and other penalties that clearly will impact areas with disparities to a greater degree. The same disparities that shape lower concentrations of clinicians and poor access and poor local economics derived from health care - are the same ones that shape penalties. Our designers need a better awareness of most Americans if there is any hope of improving health and health care for an entire nation.


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