Strategies to Eliminate Health Disparities 

Overview

Health disparities represent a lack of efficiency within the health care system and therefore account for unnecessary costs and reduce the quality of life for many patients. Because of this, health disparities are receiving attention from legislatures across the country. State policymakers are asking important questions: How are disparities in health eliminated? What is the role of state lawmakers in reducing disparities? How does my state compare to other states? What strategies decrease disparities in a cost effective way? In 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released two plans to reduce health disparities that offer answers to some of these questions.

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