News Summary: Federal data show health disparities

DISPARITIES WIDEN: The slow rollout of the federal health insurance marketplace may be deepening differences in health coverage, with residents in some states gaining insurance at a far greater rate than others.

POLITICALLY BASED: New figures show that more people are picking private insurance plans or being routed to Medicaid programs in states with Democratic leaders who have embraced the health law overhaul than in states where Republican officials have rejected the legislation.

PROGNOSIS NEGATIVE: Even though many conservative states have higher levels of poverty and more people without health coverage, fewer of them may receive new insurance, potentially widening the gap in coverage.

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