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This week at CBPP, we focused on health, food assistance, housing, state budgets and taxes, poverty and inequality, and the economy.

Chart of the Week – Closing Coverage Gap a Crucial Step for Health Equity in Rural Communities of Color

Rural Hospital Closures Affecting Communities of Color

Share of non-white population by county and sites of recent rural hospital closures

Notes: Ga. and S.C. are among the ten states with the most rural hospital closures since 2010; all but two (Mo. and Okla.) have refused to expand Medicaid (and those two expanded in 2021).

The median number of rural hospital beds is 25, according to UNC Sheps Center data from 2015, the latest available.

Source: CBPP analysis using data on rural hospital closures from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, and county population information from American Community Survey 2019 5-year estimates.

A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts this past week. Here are some of the highlights:

Can Biden Deliver on His Promise to Expand Housing Vouchers?
October 7, 2021

Democrats' moral Medicaid dilemma
October 6, 2021

What the Debt Ceiling Means for Social Security and More
New York Times
October 6, 2021

Stronger estate tax would hit more inheritances under Democrats’ plan
Yahoo Money
October 2, 2021

Food stamps set for historic boost in October
CBS News
October 1, 2021

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