Sunday, October 30. 2011
A recent report from the Health Resources and Services Administration showed that many young people living in rural America may have more limited access to care compared to children who live in cities.
The National Survey of Children's Health showed that those living in more rural parts of the United States were likely to have public insurance programs including the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid. Those children who live in cities are more likely to be insured privately. In addition, chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma are more prevalent in rural areas.
"This national survey demonstrates how children in rural areas face particular health risks," said Mary Wakefield, administrator for HSRA. "Using the information provided by parents about their children will give public health officials a more complete picture for how to improve these children's health outcomes."
Consumers who want what is best for their child may need to compare affordable health insurance rates to find the best plan for them. This could be especially important in rural areas, where healthcare options may be more scarce.
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