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Mon Apr 15, 2024, 06:26 PM Apr 15

Rural America's working-age adults die at wildly higher rates than their counterparts in cities. Why? [View all]

Rural America’s working-age adults die at wildly higher rates than their counterparts in cities. Why?

Rural Americans ages 25 to 54 — considered the prime working-age population — are dying of natural causes such as chronic diseases and cancer at wildly higher rates than their age-group peers in urban areas, according to the report.

The USDA researchers analyzed mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from two three-year periods — 1999 through 2001, and 2017 through 2019. In 1999, the natural-cause mortality rate for rural working-age adults was only 6 percent higher than that of their city-dwelling peers. By 2019, the gap had widened to 43 percent.

The disparity was significantly worse for women — and for Native American women, in particular. The gap highlights how persistent difficulties accessing health care, and a dispassionate response from national leaders, can eat away at the fabric of rural communities.

A possible Medicaid link
USDA researchers and other experts noted that states in the South that have declined to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act had some of the highest natural-cause mortality rates for rural areas. But the researchers didn’t pinpoint the causes of the overall disparity.

Seven of the 10 states that have not expanded Medicaid are in the South, though that could change soon because some lawmakers are rethinking their opposition, as KFF Health News previously reported.


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Access to quality medical care may be a part Maeve Apr 15 #1
bingo. WarGamer Apr 15 #5
And, the city hospitals are now bamagal62 Apr 15 #6
You're right, especially about access to specialists. ShazzieB Apr 15 #22
Jeez !!!! Karadeniz Apr 15 #2
They die of jobs where OSHA is absent or barely present. no_hypocrisy Apr 15 #3
I think you're right. And the stats should be able to show this. erronis Apr 15 #11
I live in furniture making country in rural NC ms liberty Apr 15 #24
And I thought we were doing a good thing buying American. LT Barclay Apr 15 #27
It is a good thing. But it's not easy work, it's physically demanding ms liberty Apr 15 #37
The pieces are definitely quality and we are "bringing them home". We are working on a move to Anderson, SC by June. LT Barclay Apr 15 #38
Oh yes, you will be able to find someone I am sure. n/t ms liberty Apr 15 #40
Don't forget more pesticide exposure, higher reliance on hunting and fishing for sustenance LT Barclay Apr 15 #25
Good points. Everyday life harards/stresses, coping attempts. brush Apr 15 #28
"Stick it to the libs" idiocy is undoubtedly a factor. Aristus Apr 15 #4
It also encompasses males being against other practices that they perceive as "nanny state" or anti-macho. Sky Jewels Apr 15 #8
The only problem is when it ends up killing someone other than the toxics themselves. Aristus Apr 15 #10
Yeah, but men have always been that way. erronis Apr 15 #12
Yep. Anyone remember Sarah Palin drinking a "diabeetus in a cup" Big Gulp... keep_left Apr 15 #19
It worked. jimfields33 Apr 15 #36
People in cities are more active Buckeyeblue Apr 15 #7
And In so calif urban areas..gyms are packed!! Demovictory9 Apr 15 #9
IMNSHO, refusing to expand Medicaid is reprehensible. ShazzieB Apr 15 #13
Can we state it in the same moralistic terms as Fox News would? JadedButHopeful Apr 15 #14
I have a hospital literally a block away from my house. BlueTsunami2018 Apr 15 #15
We're On The Fringes Of Chicagoland ProfessorGAC Apr 15 #29
It's 41 miles to the nearest hospital for me Kaleva Apr 15 #34
At least they're voting for people who will put their kids to work after they're dead. Probatim Apr 15 #16
Opioids? In the US Appalachian & Ohio areas irisblue Apr 15 #17
All of the things others have said Tree Lady Apr 15 #18
I remember reading how badly fried fish impacted the heath of southerners BlueWaveNeverEnd Apr 15 #26
True, I try to stay away from fried food Tree Lady Apr 15 #41
Stubbornness Drum Apr 15 #20
Republicans, in their determination to be cruel, are killing off their voters dlk Apr 15 #21
Insecticides&herbicides OceanPete Apr 15 #23
Yep, all those toxic chemicals in the clime nearby are sure to kick butt, then bucket kicking. brush Apr 15 #33
It is likely a number of things. Manual jobs in all weather and poor working conditions are two I think. twodogsbarking Apr 15 #30
Medicaid expansion has not been implemented JustAnotherGen Apr 15 #31
+1 betsuni Apr 16 #45
Rates can be misleading when talking about small numbers Kaleva Apr 15 #32
I live 30 miles from the closest hospital equipped with a Cath Lab Cheezoholic Apr 15 #35
yikes. glad you made it. BlueWaveNeverEnd Apr 15 #43
They closed a few hospitals/clinics in rural area in my area. LiberalFighter Apr 15 #39
Because their employers choose profit over regulations? Initech Apr 15 #42
I notice the food first when I visit family in "rural America." hunter Apr 15 #44
I was a vegetarian traveling thru the south..it wasnt easy Demovictory9 Apr 17 #46
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