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The Health Care Views and Experiences of Rural Americans: Findings from the Kaiser Family Foundation/Washington Post Survey of Rural America

Findings
  1. All participants in the second group reported voting for Mrs. Clinton with the exception of one who voted for Gary Johnson.

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  2. This perception matches up with previous research documenting hospital closures in rural areas. See J Wishner, P Solleveld, R Rudowitz, J Paradise, L Antonisse, A look at Rural Hospital Closures and Implications for Access to Care: Three Case Studies. https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/a-look-at-rural-hospital-closures-and-implications-for-access-to-care/.

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  3. The survey was in the field April 13-May 1, after the House of Representatives began discussing the American Health Care Act but before the bill passed the House on May 4.

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  4. J Foutz S Artiga, R Garlfield, The Role of Medicaid in Rural America, Kaiser Family Foundation. https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/the-role-of-medicaid-in-rural-america/.

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  5. See for example A Kirzinger, B DiJulio, E Sugarman, M Brodie, Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – Late April 2017: The Future of the ACA and Health Care & the Budget, Kaiser Family Foundation. http://www.kff.org/health-reform/report/kaiser-health-tracking-poll-late-april-2017-the-future-of-the-aca-and-health-care-the-budget/.

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Appendix B: How We Defined Rural Areas and Who Lives There
  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013 NCHS Urban–Rural Classification Scheme for Counties, April 2014. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_02/sr02_166.pdf.

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  2. Throughout this report, the term “rural” is used as a shorthand to describe both rural and small town areas.

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