The poor continue to fall through health care system cracks

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In a nation where politicians too often think of “poor” as a four-letter word, thank you for the excellent series (“Poor Health”) on health care for the underserved in our area.

Health care affects us all. The Affordable Care Act envisioned helping many of the uninsured or underinsured, but we all knew that some would still fall through the cracks in the system. Sean D. Hamill’s well-researched analysis of how many of our poorest residents still have difficulty getting the care they need or getting to the sites where it is offered when they have no cars (“In Pittsburgh Region, the Safety Net Falls Apart: Loss of 11 Hospitals Reduces Health Care Options for Poor,” July 27) reminded your readers that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

The loss of all the unaffiliated Catholic hospitals, established to provide health care for the neediest, has had a devastating effect on this area.

I hope that the series will initiate serious discussion on extending Medicaid in Pennsylvania as one answer. Thank you again for providing such a fine series.



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