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Resources by Topic: Uninsured and underinsured

Promising Practice: Arizona Center for Rural Health SHAREs Health Insurance Information, Gets People Enrolled
Details Project SHARE (Students Helping Arizona Register Everyone), run by the Arizona Center for Rural Health (AzCRH), which trains college students to help people in their communities to understand and enroll in a health insurance plan.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Access in Brief: Rural and Urban Health Care
Compares healthcare access and use of services for children and adults with Medicaid to those with private insurance or no insurance for both rural and urban areas and for adults with disabilities. Includes access data by age group, income, and race/ethnicity and utilization data for office and emergency room visits. Addresses access to prescription drugs and eyeglasses, and barriers to healthcare access.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Chart Book: The Far-Reaching Benefits of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion
Compares states that expanded Medicaid coverage and those that did not expand Medicaid coverage using a variety of measures such as healthcare access and health outcomes. Addresses the impact on rural hospitals on pages 19-21 for Medicaid revenue, operating margins, and uncompensated care.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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Uninsurance and Medicaid/CHIP Participation among Children and Parents: Variation in 2016 and Recent Trends
Examines insurance coverage for children and parents following state Medicaid expansions, with a focus on Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) participation. Includes metropolitan/nonmetropolitan comparisons. Discusses potential future policy impacts and the need for outreach and enrollment programs.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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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. Provides county-level data, information on health insurance coverage for children, and maps in the additional links.
Additional links: Full Report, Interactive Map: The Percent of Adults in Small Towns and Rural Areas Covered by Medicaid, 2015/16, Interactive Map: The Percent of Children in Small Towns and Rural Areas Covered by Medicaid, 2015/16, Press Release, Update: State Data on Health Coverage in Small Towns and Rural Areas, 2015/16
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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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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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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5 Ways to Conduct Outreach in Rural Communities
Highlights five strategies to assist rural communities with outreach and enrollment of eligible children in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Characteristics of the Remaining Uninsured: An Update
Compares characteristics of people who lacked health insurance in March 2015 with those of people who remained uninsured as of March 2017. Uses data from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements, including socioeconomic and demographic characteristics and insurance eligibility, with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Author(s): Linea J. Blumberg, John Holahan, Michael Karpman, Caroline Elmendorf
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Urban Institute
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Medicaid Expansion and Community Health Centers: Care Quality and Service Use Increased for Rural Patients
Reports on a study to assess the impact of Medicaid expansion on quality of care and insurance coverage in rural and urban community health centers (CHCs), and to examine the impact of expansion on the volume of healthcare services provided by CHCs. Uses data from the 2011-15 or 2012-15 Uniform Data System collected by the Bureau of Primary Health Care of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Author(s): Megan B. Cole, Brad Wright, Ira B. Wilson, Omar Galárraga, Amal N. Trivedi
Citation: Health Affairs, 37(6), 900-907
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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