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Geographic disparities show divided nation on access to care

from Inside Dental Assisting

Access to affordable healthcare and quality of care vary greatly for low-income people based on where they live, according to a new Commonwealth Fund scorecard. The Scorecard provides the first state-by-state comparison of the healthcare experiences of the 39 percent of Americans with incomes less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or $47,000 a year for a family of four and $23,000 for an individual. Low-income people account for at least 25 percent of total state populations, and as much as nearly half (47 percent) in some states — including Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Mexico. more


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