How states can expand health care access in rural communities

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Waldrop, Thomas
Gee, Emily
Center for American Progress
February 2022
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Rural communities throughout the United States lack access to health care. While only 14 percent of Americans—almost 46 million people—live in rural areas, rural communities represent nearly two-thirds of primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) in the country. This amounts to more than 4,100 primary care HPSAs in rural areas. A 2018 report by Pew Research Center found that the average time to drive to a hospital in rural communities was 17 minutes, nearly 65 percent longer than the average drive in urban communities. The coronavirus crisis highlighted this gap in access: These long-standing disparities have resulted in clear health differences between more rural and more urban areas, increasing rural residents’ risk of COVID-19 and severe illness from it. (author introduction) #P4HEwebinarDecember2023

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