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Capitol Health Call
March 10, 2004

Disparities Act

JAMA. 2004;291(10):1190. doi:10.1001/jama.291.10.1190-b

Sen Bill Frist (R, Tenn) and three colleagues have introduced a bill designed to reduce health disparities for racial and ethnic minority groups. The "Closing the Health Care Gap Act" calls for better data collection on health quality; authorizes grants to provide access to care for the underserved; authorizes an Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); and would boost efforts to train minority health professionals.

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