Special Report Web Exclusive: Diversity, To Ask or Not to Ask

August 1, 2004

Is it legal to ask health plan members their race and ethnicity? Accordingto the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is; however, California, New Jersey,New Hampshire and Maryland restrict the use and collection of racial data.With the go-ahead from the federal government, health insurers are usingthe data to design strategies to improve care for specific populations.