AHRQ disparities report highlights health care challenges: The National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2011 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) shows that access to health care was not improving for most racial and ethnic groups in 2002 through 2008. The congressionally mandated report, which AHRQ has produced annually since 2003, shows the persistent challenges: 50% of the measures that tracked disparities in access showed no improvement between 2002 and 2008, and 40% of those measures indicated worsening access. Specifically, Latinos as well as American Indians and Alaska Natives experienced worse access to care than whites on more than 60% of the access measures, African Americans on slightly more than 30%, and Asian Americans on 17%. In tandem with the report on disparities, AHRQ released the National Healthcare Quality Report, 2011, which tracks the health care system through quality measures. The quality report found that overall health care quality improved slowly for the general population between the years 2002 and 2008. Both reports will serve to track progress on the Affordable Care Act in the future.The reports are available on the AHRQ Web site at www.ahrq.gov.