Conclusion

In sum, disparities in health and health care remain a persistent challenge in the United States. One key step to addressing disparities is identifying and documenting them. This information is necessary to develop and target interventions to address disparities and to track progress reducing them over time. The data presented here show that people of color continue to face significant disparities in access to and utilization of coverage, health status and health outcomes, and health coverage. However, the scope and types of disparities vary across racial and ethnic groups. These disparities are driven by a wide range of factors both inside and outside the health care system. Moreover, although the ACA included provisions designed to increase data available to identify and monitor disparities, there remain key gaps in data, particularly for some racial and ethnic subgroups. Looking ahead, focused efforts to increase the data available to examine disparities for these populations will be important.
Section 4: Health Coverage Tables