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Resources by Topic: Health insurance

The Evolution of Private Plans in Medicare
Examines major policy changes affecting Medicare Advantage plans, and the impact of these policies on plan participation, enrollment, average premiums and cost-sharing, total costs to Medicare, and quality of care. Briefly discusses the challenges associate with providing risk-based plans in rural areas.
Author(s): Yash M. Patel, Stuart Guterman
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Rural-Urban Enrollment in Part D Prescription Drug Plans: June 2017 Update
Updates prior policy briefs and shows state-to-state variation in stand-alone prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drug plans. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural and urban enrollment in 2008 and 2017.
Author(s): Paula Weigel, Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Recent Trends in Children's Healthcare - Coverage and Oral Health Outcomes
Webinar details recent finding from the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center on access to oral healthcare for rural children. Discusses Medicaid coverage, barriers to care, and demographic factors that correlate with an unmet need for oral healthcare.
Additional links: Webinar Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 11/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Stepping into the Breach: How States and Insurers Worked Together to Prevent Bare Counties for 2018
Examines six states - Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington - that faced the prospect of having counties with no participating insurers ahead of the 2018 plan year open enrollment period. Shares insights from interviews with insurers and state regulators, focusing on how administrative and/or legislative actions and media coverage affected insurers' decisions to remain in the Marketplace. Includes a discussion on the challenges associated with risk assessment and rate setting in low-population, rural counties.
Author(s): Kevin Lucia, Jack Hoadley, Sabrina Corlette, Dania Palanker, Olivia Hoppe
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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County by County Analysis of Plan Year 2018 Insurer Participation in Health Insurance Exchanges
County-level map of the United States showing the number of health insurance carriers that will participate in the Health Insurance Exchanges during 2018.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Medicare Payment Basics: Medicare Advantage Program Payment System
Presents an overview of Medicare payments to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Includes information on Medicare Advantage regions.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Benefits Counseling Tips: Prepping for Open Enrollment
Summary of tips for outreach, education, and enrollment for the 2018 Marketplace Open Enrollment, based on discussions with representatives from rural community-based programs.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Snapshot: Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health
Fact sheet with statistics on uninsurance rates by ethnicity, health disparities by ethnicity, sex, and three types of cancer incidence rates, and rates of hepatitis B and HIV infection.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
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Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016
Provides statistics on health insurance coverage in 2016 and also focuses on changes between 2015 and 2016, as well as changes between 2013 and 2016. Tables 5 and A-4 list statistics for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. Based on data from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement and the American Community Survey.
Author(s): Jessica C. Barnett, Edward R. Berchick
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Update 2017
Reports on the percentage of rural Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) and other prepaid enrollment plans by metropolitan and non-metropolitan location, and variability by state.
Author(s): Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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