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Medicaid (Title XIX of the Social Security Act)
Health Care Disparities


c.) Health Care Disparities138

As of September 2011, the Secretary has identified approaches for identifying, collecting and evaluating data on disparities in health care services and performance on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status139 and, in considering the objectives of protecting patient privacy140 and improving program data,141 has made recommendations to Congress on the most effective strategies and approaches for reporting quality performance measures.142  The Secretary shall implement these approaches by March 2012143 and submit a report to Congress by March 2014 that includes recommendations for improving the identification of disparities based on analyses of collected data.144



  • 138. Social Security Act § 1946, 42 U.S.C. 1396w-5 (available at
  • 139. Social Security Act § 1946(b)(1)(A), 42 U.S.C. 1396w-5(b)(1)(A).
  • 140. Social Security Act § 1946(a)(1), 42 U.S.C. 1396w-5(a)(1).
  • 141. Social Security Act § 1946(a)(3), 42 U.S.C. 1396w-5(a)(3).
  • 142. Social Security Act § 1946(b)(1)(B), 42 U.S.C. 1396w-5(b)(1)(B).
  • 143. Social Security Act § 1946(c), 42 U.S.C. 1396w-5(c).
  • 144. Social Security Act § 1946(b)(2), 42 U.S.C. 1396w-5(b)(2).