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Resources by Topic: Health insurance

Characteristics of the Remaining Uninsured: An Update
Compares characteristics of people who lacked health insurance in March 2015 with those of people who remained uninsured as of March 2017. Uses data from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements, including socioeconomic and demographic characteristics and insurance eligibility, with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Author(s): Linea J. Blumberg, John Holahan, Michael Karpman, Caroline Elmendorf
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Urban Institute
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Making Connections Rural Health Series
Describes multiple components influencing rural health, including: access to care, the built and natural environment, education, health insurance, technology, rural economics, and system perspectives. Supplements the Understanding the Rural Landscape Learning Module. Focuses on addressing challenges rural communities faces with innovative solutions.
Additional links: Download Zip File
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Health Insurance Coverage by Occupation Among Adults Aged 18–64 Years — 17 States, 2013–2014
Examines changes in health insurance coverage between 2013 and 2014. Includes data on health insurance among employed workers by selected characteristics, including rural residence. Also provides health insurance data by occupational group. Report covers 17 states that asked all Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey participants about healthcare coverage and asked employed participants about their industry and occupation.
Author(s): Winifred L. Boal, Jia Li, Aaron Sussell
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(21), 593-598
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Insurance and Access to Care in Urban and Rural Areas, 2014-2015
Statistical brief using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component to examine the percentages of people uninsured, those without a usual source of care, and those reporting unmet needs for medical or dental care and prescription drugs. Features statistics including selected characteristics of the study population, with breakdowns by 3 population levels of metropolitan areas and 4 categories of non-metro counties.
Author(s): James B. Kirby, Pradip Muhuri
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Reporting of Indian Health Service Coverage in the American Community Survey
Evaluates the extent to which American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) misreport Indian Health Services (IHS) coverage in the American Community Services (ACS), as well as characteristics associated with false negative and false positive misreporting. Includes data on urban/rural residence. Findings based on a comparison of the IHS portion of the 2014 ACS health insurance question to whether or not individuals are in the 2014 IHS Patient Registration data.
Author(s): Renuka Bhaskar, Rachel M. Shattuck, James Noon
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Colorado Access to Care Index, 2017
Provides information on healthcare access and other factors to determine if the health needs of Colorado residents are being met. Measures improvement in healthcare access based on three components of access: potential access, barriers to care, and realized access.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Emily Johnson
Date: 04/2018
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Use of the National Health Interview Survey Linked to Medicaid Analytic eXtract Data to Identify Children With Medicaid-covered Births
Explains a method for longitudinal follow-up of children who were enrolled in Medicaid at birth through linked National Health Interview Survey and Medicaid Analytic eXtract data files. Includes NHIS data on health insurance coverage, health status, and healthcare access for children with Medicaid-covered births, including data by urban-rural county of residence.
Author(s): Patricia C. Lloyd, Anne K. Driscoll, Alan E. Simon, Jennifer D. Parker
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123): CHIP, Public Health, Home Visiting, and Medicaid Provisions in Division E
Highlights a report on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Details appropriations for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, public health, and other provisions in Division E. Provides some discussion of the effect of these appropriations on rural communities.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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State-Based Marketplaces Outperform Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces
Compares state-based and federally-facilitated health insurance marketplaces from 2016-2018 related to changes in premiums and number of insurers. Includes some information on nonmetropolitan counties, with the appendix providing charts comparing carrier count in metro and nonmetro counties.
Additional links: Appendix
Author(s): Jane M. Zhu, Daniel Polsky, Yuehan Zhang
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
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In Over Half of U.S. Counties, More Working-Age Men Than Women Are Uninsured
Compares health insurance coverage for working-age men and women in 2016 based on Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) data. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties, as well as a map showing county-level estimates of the difference in uninsured rates between men and women.
Author(s): Rachel Upton
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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