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Medicaid Demographic Data Collection

Racial and ethnic health disparities persist throughout the U.S. health care system. Measuring differences in access and use of services, as well as experience and satisfaction of behavioral and mental health care, can help to better understand the underlying causes of disparities. This work is a continuation of the Commission’s March 2024 recommendations for improving race and ethnicity data.

In this presentation, the Commission reviewed a draft chapter that will be included in the June 2024 report to Congress. During this discussion, staff presented on the need to collect these types of demographic data, federal, state, and other stakeholder priorities for collection, Medicaid administrative and federal survey data availability, data limitations, and key considerations for collecting these data.