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Wide Variation Among States In Access To Care, Coverage For Poor

State with high-performing health care systems are more likely to have poorer residents get heatlh coverage and preventive care, a new study finds.

Los Angeles Times: Access To Health Care For The Poor Varies Widely Among States
Access to affordable, quality health care for poor Americans varies dramatically among the states, according to a new study that found a wide disparity in measures of health between states with the best health care systems and those with the worst. In the highest-performing states, low-income, less educated residents are more likely to be covered by health insurance, to have a regular source of medical care and to get recommended preventive care, such as cancer screenings (Levey, 9/17).

USA Today: Study: State's Poor Health Care Affects All Income Levels
High-income people who live in states that generally do poorly in health care are worse off than low-income people in states with high health care scores, according to a Commonwealth Fund study released today (Kennedy, 9/18).

Dallas Morning News: Texans Lag In Health Care Access And Quality, Regardless Of Income, Study Finds
Whether they have a good income or a lower one, Texans lag behind much of the nation in access to and quality of health care. A study released Wednesday by a private foundation in New York found that Texans making more than $46,000 a year are about as likely to have a regular doctor as are residents of Vermont, Maine and Wisconsin who make less than $23,000. About 1 in 3 Texas Medicare patients is prescribed medications not recommended for the elderly because they can cause dizziness or falling, the report says. In Massachusetts, New York and Minnesota, it’s more like 1 in 5 (Landers, 9/18).

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