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Poll: Half of Rural Americans Can’t Afford $1,000 Emergency Expense

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“Roughly half of rural Americans said they could not afford an unexpected $1,000 expense, according to research conducted by NPR.

The poll, NPR’s second study in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found 40 percent of rural Americans struggle to pay routine expenses such as housing, food and medical bills, and 49 percent said they could not handle an unplanned $1,000 bill. Along racial lines, more than 68 percent of black rural Americans and 62 percent of Latinos could not handle such an expense, compared to 45 percent of rural whites, according to the researchers.

About 1 in 4 respondents said they were unable to get needed health care at some point in recent years despite the fact that 87 percent now have some form of health coverage, due in large part to the Affordable Care Act and its expansion of Medicaid. Of these, 45 percent could not afford the care they needed, while 23 percent said the location was too far away or otherwise geographically difficult to access, and 22 percent could not spare the time when appointments were available, according to NPR. Nineteen percent could not find a provider who accepted their health insurance. …”

Great points made by all above.

While there is a racial gap in rural America, anyone who thinks that Whites are doing fine here these days in the Blompf economy is simply out of touch. I can also imagine how much worse it is going to get around here for the White working class as automation cranks up over the next decade.

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