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New Study: Hundreds of thousands struggle with unmet health needs in Kansas and Missouri

June 11, 2018

New study finds a quarter of working adults and a third of children in Kansas and Missouri live in households carrying medical debt, and many with chronic illness and mental health conditions go without needed care.

Consumer survey provides rich data on the magnitude of states’ access problems

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— With stakeholders concerned about rising costs and access to health care, a new study finds that roughly one-quarter of adults (ages 19 to 64) in both Kansas and Missouri, and one-third of children in both states, live in households carrying medical debt. Those percentages represent almost half a million people in Kansas and more than a million in Missouri.

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