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Study: Lack of affordable housing becomes a health burden

Most large U.S. cities have a shortage of affordable housing, and that has a ripple effect on low-income families' health, Curbed reports, citing a new study that adds to the growing focus on social determinants of health.

Details: "Half of renters surveyed delayed health care because they couldn't afford it, and 100 percent of medical professionals surveyed said they had dealt with patients in the past who expressed concerns and anxiety about affordable housing."

  • "When these doctors and nurses advised patients to reduce stress, [92%] said financial issues were their biggest stress trigger."

What's next: A handful of state Medicaid programs and health systems have both recognized this link, and are steering some of their health care dollars toward affordable housing.