A new report from the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality documents health disparities in the state for individuals with various types of health insurance coverage.

It also breaks down disparities among ethnic groups and for urban and rural residents.

“This information makes it possible to benchmark current performance and measure progress over time,” said Matt Gigot, WCHQ director of performance measurement and analysis.

Report authors say health disparities related to health insurance coverage may be linked to variation in coverage, co-pays or deductible amounts, or the cost of care.

Individuals with commercial insurance were less likely to be below recommended weight levels, while those with Medicare had lower cervical cancer screening.

Patients with Medicaid or who were uninsured had lower rates of childhood vaccinations, breast and colon cancer screening, depression screening and attainment of recommended weight. Of those in this category with diabetes, blood sugar control was lower.  Read the full story here.