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How Low-Income Americans Experience Health Care: Ranking the States

The new Commonwealth Fund report Health Care in the Two Americas provides the first state-by-state comparison of health care experiences of the 39 percent of Americans earning less than twice the federal poverty level ($47,000 a year for a family of four or $23,000 for an individual). The report, which provides a "scorecard" of states’ performance on health care for low-income populations, finds that access to affordable, quality care vary greatly among the states. It also reveals striking income-related differences within states.

Read the report and visit our U.S. Health System Data Center to find out where your state ranks, and to see the gains in health and well-being that are possible when policymakers take steps to close geographic and income divides. Also watch our interactive explainer, A Tale of Two States: The Health Care Income Divide Visualized.

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