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Disparities in Health Insurance and Access to Care for Residents Across U.S. Cities

  • Author(s): Brown, E. Richard
  • Wyn, Roberta
  • Teleki, Stephanie
  • et al.

U.S. metropolitan areas are characterized by pronounced disparities in rates of health insurance coverage and access to care. While it has been well documented that people with lower incomes run a greater risk of being uninsured than those with higher incomes, this study also finds a strong relationship between a city’s rate of employer-sponsored health coverage and its overall rates of health coverage and access to care. We examined health insurance coverage and access to health care among moderate- and low-income, nonelderly residents of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.

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