Chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cancer, strokes and diabetes are responsible for 7 of 10 American deaths each year and 75% of the nation’s health spending. Rural residents experience these diseases in greater numbers and have greater rates of engaging in behaviors that can lead to chronic conditions and poor health.
Little recognized provisions of the Affordable Care Act seek to change the health care system by placing a greater emphasis on health and by promoting strategies that will help create healthier people and healthier communities.
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