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Health insurance lacking in rural America

posted on January 28, 2000


IS SOMETHING MISSING IN RURAL AMERICA?...

POOR, RURAL RESIDENTS ARE THE LEAST LIKELY TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE IN ILLINOIS. A RECENT STUDY INDICATES POOR ADULTS IN RURAL PARTS OF THE STATE ARE 24 PERCENT LESS LIKELY TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE THAN THE POOR IN ILLINOIS' BIG CITIES. EXPERTS CITE DIFFERENCES IN RURAL AND URBAN JOB MARKETS AS THE MAIN REASON.

THE STUDY ALSO SHOWS THE WORKING POOR ARE LESS LIKELY TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE THAN THE UNEMPLOYED. ONE EXPLANATION: PEOPLE LEAVING WELFARE OFTEN LOSE THEIR GOVERNMENT INSURANCE AND ARE UNABLE TO AFFORD PRIVATE INSURANCE.

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