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Health Agencies Update
May 26, 2015

Annual Report Cites Improvements in Access to Health Care

JAMA. 2015;313(20):2014. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5316

A report that features annual trends on more than 250 measures of quality, access, and disparities in health care reveals that the overall rate of uninsurance in the United States decreased to 15.6% in the second quarter of 2014 among adults younger than 65 years, from a high of 22.3% in 2010 (http://1.usa.gov/1JCRaNE).

The 2014 National Quality and Disparities Report issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) noted that the uninsurance rate for black individuals decreased from 24.6% in the last quarter of 2013 to 15.9% in the first half of 2014. The rate declined from 40.3% to 33.2% for Hispanic people and from 14.0% to 11.1% for white people. Although rates of uninsurance decreased for each ethnic/racial group, disparities between groups remained.

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