Hard Times in the Heartland

Source: Meena Seshamani, Joan Van Nostrand, Jenna Kennedy, Carrie Cochran, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2009

Throughout rural America, there are nearly 50 million people who face challenges in accessing health care. The past several decades have consistently shown higher rates of poverty, mortality, uninsurance, and limited access to a primary health care provider in rural areas. With the recent economic downturn, there is potential for an increase in many of the health disparities and access concerns that are already elevated in rural communities. Hard Times in the Heartland provides insight into the current state of health care in rural areas and the critical need for health care reform.

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