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Resources by Topic: Health insurance

National Academy for State Health Policy: COVID-19 State Action Center
Examples of how states are responding to COVID-19 with initiatives addressing capacity, health services delivery, health insurance coverage, data collection, and other issues.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Availability of Health Insurance Literacy Resources Fails to Meet Consumer Needs in Rural, Appalachian Communities: Implications for State Medicaid Waivers
Reports on the availability of health system and community‐based programs promoting health insurance literacy and supporting informed consumer healthcare decision making in rural Kentucky. Findings are based on focus groups and interviews conducted with healthcare providers, community health workers, patient navigators, and others primarily serving rural Appalachian counties in the state.
Author(s): Jean Edward, Robin Thompson, Andrea Jaramillo
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Out‐of‐Network Air Ambulance Bills: Prevalence, Magnitude, and Policy Solutions
Examines the prevalence and cost of surprise air ambulance bills among privately insured patients. Describes air ambulance rates for commercial payers in relation to Medicare rates. Compares the number of air ambulance claims from urban and rural locations. Offers policy solutions to address surprise and out-of-network bills for these services.
Author(s): Erin C. Fuse Brown, Erin Trish, Bich Ly, Mark Hall, Loren Adler
Citation: Milbank Quarterly
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 and Health Disparities in the United States
Examines the socioeconomic and health disparities that have contributed to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic for certain populations, including rural residents and Native Americans, as well as other groups. Offers policy recommendations to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, covering topics related to healthcare access, data collection, protecting frontline workers, and the social determinants of health.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HIV Medicine Association, Infectious Diseases Society of America
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Farm Households Reported That Working Off the Farm Provided Greater and More Stable Income, Along with Health and Retirement Benefits
Bar chart showing reasons for off-farm jobs, comparing small family farms, midsize family farms, and large-scale family farms. Includes health benefits as one reason for off-farm employment.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Compacts of Free Association: Populations in U.S. Areas Have Grown, with Varying Reported Effects
Describes estimated migration of citizens from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau, and reported costs related to this migration in Hawaii, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Also explores effects of this migration on governments, workforces, and societies in these and other areas of the United States, including costs of providing healthcare and extending access to the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Left Behind: Health Care in Rural America: Select Findings from the 7th Annual Consumer Health Care Survey
Offers insights into and comparisons of the healthcare-related attitudes and practices of people in rural, urban, and suburban areas, using data collected from an online survey of 3,760 healthcare consumers in August 2019. Features statistics including demographics, health status, insurance coverage, satisfaction with quality of care, and use of mobile health technology.
Author(s): Christopher Wells
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Transamerica Center for Health Studies
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Chartbook
State- and county-level information on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. Features statistics with breakdowns by 5 levels of population density.
Additional links: All Report Data, All Report Maps, All Report Tables
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Regional Disparities in Qualified Health Plans' Prior Authorization Requirements for HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in the United States
Results of a study examining differences in qualified health plans (QHPs) in the South, the Midwest, the West, and the Northeast, in terms of prior authorization requirements for combined tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine. Features statistics comparing 16,853 QHPs, with breakdowns by urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Kathleen A. McManus, Samuel Powers, Amy Killelea, Sebastian Tello-Trillo, Elizabeth Rogawski McQuade
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(6)
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources
Provides access to U.S. Census Bureau data useful in pandemic-related decision-making. Offers state and county impact planning reports that provide sociodemographic data, including data on at-risk populations, poverty, and health insurance coverage. Also provides data on businesses and employment.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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