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Stick people lifting up a heart The pandemic has further exposed the health disparities and inequities that exist in the United States and demonstrated the crucial link between socioeconomic circumstances and health outcomes.

Policymakers have long wrestled with how to provide greater access to essential health care for disadvantaged Americans. Expanding and revising Medicaid may be part of the solution, according to a new report from America’s Health Insurance Plans.

“As the federal-state program providing access to essential health care to over 77 million low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities, Medicaid has a unique opportunity to address the social risk factors that disproportionately impact these vulnerable populations,” the report said.

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