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Study: Disparities in women's health, access to care vary by state

June 10, 2009

Racial and ethnic disparities in women's health and access to health care vary substantially by state, according to a study released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation. For example, the diabetes rate among minority women ranges from 2.6% in Maine to 10.4% in North Dakota, while the uninsured rate among minority women ranges from 9.9% in Hawaii to 46.1% in Montana. Social determinants of health, such as poverty levels and high school graduation rates, also vary substantially by state, the study found. "This report demonstrates that disparities in health are not one problem but many and vary from state to state ? and that a variety of strategies will be needed if we hope to turn things around," said Kaiser President and CEO Drew Altman.