A look at national health disparities

Asthma medication
Each morning before school, second-grader Maylena Carter takes her asthma medication while school nurse Dr. Betsy Garcia watches Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Capitol Hill Magnet School in St. Paul.
Jennifer Simonson/MPR News

A series of stories from MPR News last week highlighted healthcare disparities across the state. The series looked at challenges facing low-income, American Indian and LGBTQ communities.

The Daily Circuit expands on that conversation with an examination of disparities at the national level.

How do we close the gaps? How is the Affordable Care Act affecting these disparities? Leave your comments below.