Committee Analysis Examines Longstanding Racial and Economic Disparities that Expose Inequities in the U.S. Health System

The House Ways and Means Committee released a report that analyzed health care inequity among different U.S. residents. It found that although 97% of America is rural, only a small percentage of Americans live in these areas. This creates challenges in sustaining the health care workforce and capacity for service delivery in rural communities. Some of these issues include an aging infrastructure, economic disinvestment, workforce shortages, and environmental challenges to higher burdens of chronic conditions. The report also highlighted the disparities among minority groups in statistics such as infant mortality, life expectancy, language diversity, and access to mental health care.