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Racial disparities found under New York state health plans

New York Times, May 19, 2009

An analysis of state-provided data has found racial disparities in healthcare among the three million in the New York public insurance programs. The insurance programs—Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid managed care—do not cover a random sample of New Yorkers, since the participants tend to skew poorer socioeconomically. Elisabeth R. Benjamin, one of the authors of the study, said that as other studies have shown, the differences could not be explained mostly by socioeconomic status.