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Testimony Transcripts; Safety Net; Disparities
The testimony focuses on the role of health insurance in reducing disparities in health care and in health status, two distinct but related challenges. Disparities in health care – whether in insurance coverage, access, or quality of care – are one of many factors producing inequalities in health status in the U.S. Eliminating disparities in health among segments of the population (e.g., by race/ethnicity, education, income, gender, geographic location) was one of two overarching goals of Healthy People 2010, the federal government’s blueprint for what it wanted to achieve in health by the end of this decade.
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Lillie-Blanton, Marsha, "Addressing Disparities in Health and Health Care: Issues for Reform" (2008). Health Policy and Management Congressional Testimonies. Paper 7.