Healthcare DIVE July 26, 2021
Ron Shinkman

Dive Brief:

  • Black and Latino people are far more likely to benefit from becoming Medicare eligible than any other demographic group in the U.S., according to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
  • Researchers from Harvard and Yale University and Massachusetts General Hospital concluded that reaching the age of Medicare eligibility does more to eradicate healthcare disparities for Black people than for Latino or White people, although it accomplishes such reductions among all groups.
  • The study also concluded that achieving Medicare eligibility also dramatically reduces the rate of uninsured among Latinos more than any other ethnic group. However, it does not address disparities in mortality rates among the various ethnic groups. Nevertheless, the researchers suggested an expansion of...

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