State assessment report shows Nebraskans having problems with health care

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - In the aftermath of congressman Fortenberry's contentious town hall meeting, a new study shows Nebraskans from all over the state are having problems with their current healthcare plans.

Community Action of Nebraska heard from over 2,500 people who live in Nebraska --- from Omaha to Scottsbluff and in between --- and they were asked about their basic needs in employment, finances, childcare and healthcare among other topics.

But some of the results were different than expected.

60 percent had issues with affordable medical care for the whole family.

62 percent said they delayed medical care due to cost --- roughly the same response as the last two surveys in 2010 and 2013.

Community Action said they expected the number to go down because of the affordable care act, but they also say they don't expect the new proposed health care bill to help Nebraskans in this category.

Amber Hansen, the executive director of Community Action of Nebraska, said responses regarding child care also jumped out to her.
50 percent of respondents said it was difficult to find safe activities for teens on weekends and during the summer
In Nebraska, 51 percent of families with a single female head of household and a child under the age of five live below the poverty line.
And people saying they have issues with access to education support services for children rose from 19 percent to 28 percent

Some of the results did sway to the negative, there were some reassuring responses ----
50 percent reported no credit card debt and 81 percent said they owned their own home.

You can find the report in its entirety by clicking here.

Below are some charts and statistics from the study that contain some of the information used in this story.