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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Uninsured and underinsured

Coverage Trends for American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Families
Analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau to show trends in health insurance coverage rates among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and families between 2008 and 2015. Examines the expanded role of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in driving down the AI/AN uninsured rates, particularly in states with the largest AI/AN populations.
Author(s): Joan Alker, Karina Wagnerman, Andy Schneider
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
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State Data on Adult Health Coverage in Small Towns and Rural Areas
State-specific downloadable Excel files showing adults' Medicaid coverage and uninsured rates at the county level for the time periods 2008/2009 and 2014/2015. Accompanying maps show which rural counties in each state were above or below the national averages in 2014/2015.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
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State Data on Child Health Coverage in Small Towns and Rural Areas
State-specific downloadable Excel files showing children's Medicaid coverage and uninsured rates at the county level for the time periods 2008/2009 and 2014/2015. Accompanying maps show which rural counties in each state were above or below the national averages in 2014/2015.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
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Medicaid in Small Towns and Rural America: A Lifeline for Children, Families, and Communities
Uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) to explore the changing levels of Medicaid coverage and uninsured rates at the county level by age, and examine the role of Medicaid in the 46 states containing small-town and rural populations. Includes numerous charts, maps, and graphs to help illustrate the relationship between Medicaid growth and uninsured rates in rural areas, focusing on the time period from 2008-2009 to 2014-2015.
Additional links: Interactive Map: The Percent of Adults in Small Towns and Rural Areas Covered by Medicaid, 2014/15, Interactive Map: The Percent of Children in Small Towns and Rural Areas Covered by Medicaid, 2014/15, State Data on Adult Health Coverage in Small Towns and Rural Areas, State Data on Child Health Coverage in Small Towns and Rural Areas
Author(s): Jack Hoadley, Karina Wagnerman, Joan Alker, Mark Holmes
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Uninsured Rates Decrease for Most Counties From 2014 to 2015
Two maps comparing county-level uninsured rates in 2014 and 2015.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Small Area Health Insurance Estimates: 2015
Reports on health insurance coverage in the United States in 2015 and changes between 2014 and 2015. Includes maps showing county-level uninsured rates.
Additional links: SAHIE Highlights Brief Maps, 2015
Author(s): Lauren Bowers, Carolyn Gann, Stefan Elser
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Network Spotlight: Foothills Health Network
Provides an overview of the Foothills Health Network in Polk County, North Carolina, through an interview with network coordinator, Michele Trofatter. The Foothills Health Network works to improve the health of people living in Polk County, particularly within the low-income and uninsured populations, by increasing access to care. Interview covers challenges faced, successes, lessons learned, network characteristics, recommendations, and more.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Chartbook: Trends in Rural Children’s Health and Access to Care
Findings brief discussing changing status of rural and urban children from 2003-2012, with a focus on their demographics, financial access to care, reported use of care, and health status. Features statistics including poverty rate, insurance coverage, and race or ethnicity, with breakdowns by urban, large rural, and small rural location.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Karen M. Jones
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Veterans in Rural America: 2011-2015
Reports detailed demographic, social, and economic characteristics of rural veterans, based primarily on 2011–2015 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. Includes comparisons of rural veterans to both urban veterans and rural nonveterans. Topics addressed include health insurance coverage, disability status and service-connected disability, and use of VA healthcare.
Additional links: Rural Veterans State Tables
Author(s): Kelly Ann Holder
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Changing Rural and Urban Enrollment in State Medicaid Programs
Examines changes in Medicaid enrollment from 2012 to 2015 in both expansion and non-expansion states, and compares findings by state based on metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural (noncore) location.
Author(s): Abigail R. Barker, Kelsey Huntzberry, Timothy D. McBride, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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