Suburbs house 44 percent of the overall population, but 38 percent of the uninsured population. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A MedicalXpress report says that nearly 40 percent of Americans lacking health coverage live in the suburbs, and that close to one out of every seven suburban residents has no coverage.

The report highlights a forthcoming study to appear in Health Affairs that finds a growing population of poor people in suburban areas, despite the suburbs’ reputation for affluence, and also finds that the suburban poor encounter substantial barriers to accessing health care that are similar to those faced by the urban and rural poor.

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