Poll shows Americans’ access to healthcare has fallen

Posted on: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

While health insurance leads haven't deteriorated for insurance agents, the same can't be said for insurance customers' access to coverage.

Released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in consultation with researchers from the Urban Institute, a new study suggests that virtually every state has seen a reduction in access to health services within the past 10 years, particularly southern states such as Tennessee, Florida and Georgia.

Among the findings, the report reveals that in 2010, close to half of U.S adults - roughly 48 percent - had a health need that went unmet because of cost concerns. This was true among just 11 percent of adults who had health insurance coverage.

The poll also showed that the number of adults experiencing unmet medical needs because of cost rose by 6 percent between 2000 and 2010. Among the uninsured, unsatisfied medical needs jumped nearly 11 percent.

Gordon Bonnyman, executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, told Kaiser Health News that the reduced care isn't a surprise, as spending cuts in the Volunteer State have resulted in 300,000 people being removed from Medicaid rolls.

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