Lawmakers and regulators alike are taking steps to address health disparities as legislation for comprehensive healthcare reform is developed.
HHS, which participated in stakeholder discussions on the importance of reducing health disparities, also issued a report that underscores the health gap between white Americans and other racial and ethnic groups.
According to the research, 48% of all African-Americans adults suffer from a chronic disease compared with 39% of the general population. More specifically, 8% of white Americans develop diabetes compared with 15% of African Americans, 14% of Hispanics and 18% of American Indians. In addition, African Americans are 15% more likely to be obese than whites.