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Resources by Topic: Health insurance

Beyond the Numbers: Access to Reproductive Health Care for Low-Income Women in Five Communities
Highlights the key findings, major themes, and the extent of the challenges faced by low-income women in accessing reproductive and sexual healthcare in urban and rural areas. Identifies promising practices developed by providers to address barriers to care and improve access to healthcare.
Author(s): Sharon Silow-Carroll, Carrie Rosenzweig, Diana Rodin, et al.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Kaiser Family Foundation, Women's Health Policy
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The Development of Telehealth Laws in the U.S. from 2008 to 2015: A Legal Landscape
Policy brief examining the scope and evolving nature of telehealth statutes and regulations in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Explores the extent to which state laws regulate primary care delivery through use of telehealth. Features U.S. maps showing changes from 2008 to 2015 in terms of various types of telehealth-related laws, including those governing insurance coverage, and statistics with breakdowns by the top 25 and bottom 25 rural states.
Author(s): Cason D. Schmit, Alva O. Ferdinand, Timothy Callaghan, et al.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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The Report of the 2019 Southern LGBTQ Health Survey
Results of a convenience sample of 5,617 respondents detailing their experiences of LGBTQ health and healthcare in the South. Features demographics and self-reported statistics on physical and mental health ratings, healthcare quality, abuse and violence, insurance, dental care, HIV diagnoses, and disparities in reported health ratings by urban or rural location.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Chase Harless, Megan Nanney, Austin H. Johnson, et al.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Southern LGBTQ Health Initiative, Western North Carolina Community Health Services
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Uninsured Rate Among Nonelderly Adults Varies by Region in Kansas
Provides county-level estimates on uninsured rates for adults age 19 to 64 in Kansas using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE). Also includes data on trends in the uninsured rate by region from 2009 through 2017.
Additional links: Data in Excel Format: Kansas Adults Age 19-64: Uninsured Rate and Number by County, 2017
Author(s): Hina B. Shah, Cheng-Chung Huang, Wen-Chieh Lin
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Western Counties Have Highest Uninsured Rate for Kids
Provides county-level estimates on uninsured rates for children age 0 to 18 in Kansas using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE). Also includes data on trends in the uninsured rate by region from 2009 through 2017.
Additional links: Kansas Children Age 0-18: Uninsured Rate and Number by County, 2017
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Medicare Payment Basics: Medicare Advantage Program Payment System
Overview of Medicare payments to Medicare Advantage (MA) local and regional plans discussing the methods for determining Medicare payments to both plans.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Oklahoma Health Care Authority Research - Data and Reports
Provides access to enrollment data by county for SoonerCare, Oklahoma's Medicaid program, and provider and service data for SoonerCare and Insure Oklahoma, the state's healthcare coverage insurance for qualifying adults and small business employees. Includes state data on the uninsured and Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) annual and strategic planning reports.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma Health Care Authority
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Indian Health Service: Facilities Reported Expanding Services Following Increases in Health Insurance Coverage and Collections
Report details rates of health insurance coverage in patients seen at Indian Health Service facilities. Looks at the rates of coverage by third party insurers, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and private plans, from 2013-2018.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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A New Portrait of Rural America
Examines nine different types of rural counties: the African American South, aging farmlands, evangelical hubs, graying America, Hispanic centers, LDS enclaves, Native American lands, rural middle America, and working class country. Reports on factors impacting rural communities overall and by county type, including health insurance coverage and health status as well as demographic and socioeconomic factors. Includes county-level data for all counties and features on individual counties for each county type.
Additional links: Interactive: Explore Rural America's Diversity, Report, Resources: Community Type Maps and Data, Videos: Rural Report Findings and Discussion With Community Leaders
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Communities Project
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The Older Population in Rural America: 2012-2016
Describes the rural older population, those 65 years and older, compared to urban older adults. Includes rural-urban data on population size for the nation, by region, and by state. Also covers demographic, social, and economic characteristics, age distribution, and sex ratio by age. Some data is available by level of rurality for mostly urban, mostly rural, and completely rural counties.
Author(s): Amy Symens Smith, Edward Trevelyan
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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