A recent poll by NPR in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health detailed that many Americans struggle financially and have difficulty with health care concerns. The current survey report, released this month, says 40 percent of rural Americans struggle with routine medical bills, food, and housing, and 49 percent could not afford to pay an unexpected $1,000 expense of any type.

NPR reports: “When you’re living close to the edge, sometimes you fall off,” says Dee Davis, president and founder of the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg, KY. “If half the people in rural America can’t deal with a $1,000 bill, that’s rough.”

These statistics backed up findings of struggles in America that had been documented in an October 2018 poll with the same organizations.

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