News Brief: Report highlights provider shortage

Thirty-six million Americans do not have access to basic health care because they live in communities with an acute shortage of health care providers, according to a state-by-state analysis by the Bethesda, MD-based National Association of Community Health Centers.

The study found that nearly half of the so-called "medically unserved" population have health insurance, almost half are from low-income families, and nearly two in five are members of minority groups.

Texas has the highest medically unserved population in the United States, followed by Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, the report says. It can be found at www.nachc.com