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Nine-month study reveals health care access disparities in Michigan

Encore Years

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“Disrupting Disparities: A Continuum of Care for Michiganders 50 and older,” an in-depth look at inequalities and imbalances in health care access across the state, will be unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 4-7 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lansing.

The comprehensive nine-month study — led by AARP and Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services, and including more than 19 other organizations — is intended to jump-start swift and meaningful action to eliminate health care disparities and improve quality of life in Michigan.

Both major party gubernatorial candidates have been invited to respond to the report, which takes an unflinching look at issues such as four fatal diseases, costs of insurance and medical services, availability of telehealth technology and community services, and caregiving. Their responses will be included in the program.

Policy recommendations address treatment of chronic diseases, closing gaps in coverage, and eliminating broad disparities in health care access related to racial, geographic and income differences among older residents.

The media is invited to attend this event. Contact Mark Hornbeck at AARP Michigan (contact information above) for more information.

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