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Resources by Topic: Health insurance

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: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Developing Telemental Health Partnerships Between State Medical Schools and Federally Qualified Health Centers: Navigating the Regulatory Landscape and Policy Recommendations
Recommendations for overcoming barriers to promoting telemental health services partnerships between medical schools and health centers. Discusses rural-urban disparities in provision of mental health services, credentialing, remote electronic health records access, insurance issues, and billing.
Author(s): John C. Fortney, Richard C. Veith, Amy M. Bauer, et al.
Citation: The Journal of Rural Health
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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Nebraska’s Uninsured and the Coverage Gap by County
Highlights the percent of the population without health insurance by county in Nebraska for 2016. Details percentage of people employed without insurance and those that fall in the gap between Medicaid eligibility and the least expensive insurance plan.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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More Employers Are Paying for Telemedicine, but Enrollee Take-Up Has Been Relatively Low
Analyzes 2018 Employer Health Benefit Survey (EHBS) data regarding telemedicine trends in employer health plan coverage. Includes discussion on telemedicine improving access to healthcare in rural areas. Covers statistics of telemedicine utilization between rural and urban large employer health plan enrollees.
Author(s): Matthew Rae, Cynthia Cox
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Healthy Farmers, Prosperous Farms Video
Presents a video discussing the importance of health insurance in maintaining access to healthcare for farmers and their families. Details the rates of injuries for farmers and the risks that operating a farm without health insurance can pose to both the farmers themselves and their business.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Maryland Council
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Health Insurance Coverage in Small Towns and Rural America: The Role of Medicaid Expansion
Analyzes health insurance coverage for low-income, rural adults in 46 states. Includes an examination of American Community Survey data to determine uninsured rates by age for 2008-2009 and 2015-2016. Covers effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in small towns and rural areas, including Medicaid expansion.
Additional links: Full Report, Press Release
Author(s): Jack Hoadley, Joan Alker, Mark Holmes
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Insuring Rural America: Health Insurance Challenges and Opportunities
Provides a webinar recording discussing the economic factors affecting the lack of health insurance options in some rural areas. Focuses on the impact of small risk pools and network adequacy and policy options to address these issues.
Additional links: Slides
Author(s): Timothy McBride, Abigail Barker
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2017
Provides statistics on health insurance coverage in 2017 and also focuses on changes between 2016 and 2017. Tables 5 and A-4 list statistics for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Based on data from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement and the American Community Survey.
Additional links: Visualizations
Author(s): Edward R. Berchick, Emily Hood, Jessica C. Barnett
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Rural Health Insurance Market Challenges
Offers a policy brief examining challenges affecting rural health insurance markets with a focus on Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, Medicaid Managed Care, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Provides recommendations related to health insurance availability, network development and adequacy, and consumer and provider engagement.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Association of State Medicaid Expansion With Rate of Uninsured Hospitalizations for Major Cardiovascular Events, 2009-2014
Results of a study to investigate whether rates of uninsured hospitalizations for cardiovascular events and in-hospital mortality varied by Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion at the state level. Features statistics including demographics with breakdowns by rural or urban/suburban location.
Author(s): Ehimare Akhabue, Lindsay R. Pool, Clyde W. Yancy, Philip Greenland, Donald Lloyd-Jones
Citation: JAMA Network Open 1(4)
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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