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Very young children in rural areas are less likely to have health insurance than those in urban areas

A new research brief from Child Trends explores access to health care for infants and toddlers living in rural communities. Many families with young children in rural areas face barriers to accessing health care, fewer local health care providers, and elevated poverty rates. Using data from the recent State of Babies Yearbook: 2020, authors found that low-income infants and toddlers in rural areas are less likely to have access to health insurance than their urban counterparts. In general, very young children in rural areas are also less likely to receive vaccines and preventive medical or dental visits than those in urban areas. #rural