Poverty in America

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What it Means to Live in Poverty: Poverty by Health Insurance States

Despite the fact that programs like Medicaid ensure health coverage for very poor Americans, close to 25% of uninsured Americans earn incomes below the poverty line. According to the Kaiser Foundation, low-income individuals and families account for roughly 8 in 10 uninsured Americans.

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What it Means to Live in Poverty: Outcomes in US vs. High-Poverty Counties

There is no better predictor of health than income, and people living in poverty are the most likely to live less healthy and shorter lives. Poverty is closely linked with many of the leading causes of preventable death, including stress, obesity, and smoking.