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Resources by Topic: Uninsured and underinsured

Telehealth and the Future of Health Care Access in California
Fact sheet offering an overview of telehealth use in California in 2022. Discusses patterns of use by insurance status, age, income, race and ethnicity, language, and geography including rurality.
Additional links: Infographic
Author(s): Sean Tan
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
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Challenges to Care of Patients with Diabetes in Rural, Underserved Areas
Discussion of providing care to diabetes patients in rural areas. Includes information on demographics, barriers to care, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Author(s): Richard J. Santen
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Telehealth Use and Experiences Among California Adults
Brief outlining 2021 telehealth use and satisfaction by various California populations. Includes usage by insurance type, race and ethnicity, primary language, and more. Data breakdown includes rural residence.
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Health Care Foundation
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Sexual Minorities Are Not a Homogeneous Population: Health Disparity Differences Based on Residence in Rural Versus Urban Settings
Evaluated 210,392 sexual minorities (SMs) between 2015 and 2019 to determine whether rural SMs are at increased risk for chronic disease. Includes discussion of insurance status, gender, rural and urban comparisons, and multiple chronic illnesses.
Author(s): Ethan Morgan, Kathryn Lancaster, Yootapichai Phosri, Janelle Ricks, Christina Dyar
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 23(3), 8052
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
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California 2023 Regional Health Coverage Fact Sheets
9 fact sheets showing insurance rates in California counties. Includes uninsurance rates, race and ethnicity information, Medi-Cal (Medicaid) and Medicare enrollment data, and more.
Date: 07/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Insure the Uninsured Project
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Texans' Views and Experiences with End-of-Life Issues
Survey of 2,305 Texans regarding attitudes, experiences, and needs around illness and end-of-life issues. Discusses barriers to access of end-of-life care, race and ethnicity, insurance status, and more. Includes rural data throughout.
Additional links: Research Summary
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Perry Undem, St. David's Foundation
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Rural NC at a Glance
Fact sheet on North Carolina's rural counties. Provides statistics on topics including population and age, race and ethnicity, poverty, income, education, health workforce, uninsured population, employment and economy, and agriculture.
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Center
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Barriers to Rural Health Care From the Provider Perspective
Results of a study using data from interviews with 20 healthcare providers in rural areas of western Pennsylvania. Explores barriers to care, including cost and insurance, geographic dispersion, and provider shortage and burnout. Offers strategies for improvement, including use of telehealth, mobile clinics, and increased use of advanced practice providers.
Author(s): Avinash Maganty, Mary E. Byrnes, Megan Hamm, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 23(2), 7769
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
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2022 Alaska Community Needs Assessment
Results of a February 2023 survey to gather household-level data on individualized, local needs in the areas of education, employment, workforce development, food security, and access to healthcare resources. Features demographics and statistics on disabilities, poverty, education level, rural housing, healthcare access, deaths of despair, substance use, and supply and demand of dental, mental health, and primary care providers.
Author(s): Daniel O'Brien
Date: 04/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.
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Disparities in Health and Health Care: 5 Key Questions and Answers
Defines health and healthcare disparities and discusses the social and economic inequities that drive them. Provides details on the current status of health disparities in the U.S. including rural, the importance of addressing them, and what the federal government is doing to alleviate health disparities. Identifies related issues to be addressed in the future.
Author(s): Nambi Ndugga, Samantha Artiga
Date: 04/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: KFF
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