How Can Families Afford Insurance If They Can't Afford Toothpaste? LISTEN

October  18, 2013

WVIK News Focus SOAP

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The government is urging uninsured Americans to shop for medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act. But a national charity says 49 million residents can't even afford to buy food, soap, toothpaste, and toilet paper much less insurance.

Feeding America says the lack of basic necessities can damage their health. Its most recent study shows 34 percent of low income families with children don't have enough money for food and basic necessities, such as toiletries and cleaning supplies. The Chicago-based non-profit helps relieve hunger by working with food banks, including the Great River Bend Food Bank in the Quad Cities.

On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill talks with Emily Engelhard, a researcher at Feeding America.

The title of the Feeding America study is In Short Supply: American Families Struggle to Secure Everyday Essentials. (This feature was broadcast on 10/3/2013.)