Monday, May 4, 2009

Read the HHS Report on Rural Health Care

This morning Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, is meeting with rural Americans in the fourth in a series of White House Health Care Stakeholder Discussions.

The meeting will be held against the backdrop of a new report out of HHS, which you can find at, entitled "Hard Times in the Heartland: Health Care in Rural America." A few of the key reasons rural communities particularly need health reform this year, from the report:

* Nearly one in five of the uninsured – 8.5 million people – live in rural areas.
* Rural residents pay on average for 40% of their health care costs out of their own pocket,compared with the urban share of one-third.
* In a multi-state survey, one in five insured farmers had medical debt.
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