Providing Health Care Complicated in Rural Areas

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

FREEPORT, Fla. (AP) -- Health insurance policies that fit the requirements of the Affordable Care Act are a tough sell in many parts of rural America.

From Florida to Idaho, Michigan and beyond, many people in the most rural areas are reluctant to sign up for plans offered on the government's health care website. Those tasked with spreading the word there about the health care overhaul say their efforts are complicated by a lack of providers in rural areas, the distances they must cover to reach potential enrollees, anti-government attitudes and technology issues.

Thought many people in rural areas have signed up for the plans, others say health insurance is too expensive and they would rather face the annual tax penalty than comply with the new law.

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