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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Healthcare Access in Rural Communities.

Health Status and Health Care Access of Farm and Rural Populations
Discusses healthcare access and health status in rural areas. Describes health risks farm families experience due to their work environment.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Carol Adaire Jones, Timothy S. Parker, Mary Ahearn, Ashok K. Mishra, Jayachandran N. Variyam
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Why Are Fewer Hospitals in the Delivery Business?
Examines the declining availability of hospital-based obstetric services in rural areas from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s. Examines potential causes for this trend and explores the effects of medical malpractice reforms.
Author(s): Lan Zhao
Date: 04/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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March of Dimes Maternity Care Deserts Dashboard
Depicts county-level access to maternity care, access to hospitals with obstetric care or birth centers, and access to obstetric providers across the U.S. Allows user to select for demographic information such as age, race/ethnicity, education and household composition, and prevalence of health conditions and behaviors. Includes data on total births by county.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: March of Dimes
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Health Insurance Coverage, 2008-2020
Animated map showing annual county-level data on health insurance coverage from 2008-2020, based on the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE).
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Maternal and Infant Health Mapping Tool
Map-based access to county-level data on maternal health, infant health, and health resources. Includes data on pre-pregnancy health status, preterm births, infant mortality, access to prenatal care, availability of providers, health insurance coverage, demographics, and more.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
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Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding: What to Know and How to Prepare, A Partner Education Monthly Series
Monthly webinar series covering different topics related to the transition as health insurance coverage that was maintained during the public health emergency through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expires. Materials from previous calls are available at CMS National Stakeholder Calls.
Type: Calendar/Event List
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Medicaid.gov: Unwinding and Returning to Regular Operations after COVID-19
Central resource for states and other Medicaid stakeholders to find information and resources to help them plan and prepare as health insurance coverage that was maintained during the public health emergency through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expires.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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County Data Maps from CEARH
Provides maps of the contiguous U.S. that represent data related to healthcare access at the county level, healthcare industry characteristics in rural counties, socio-demographic characteristics, and rural health characteristics. Map indicators can be adjusted to reflect specific types of data.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Center for Economic Analysis of Rural Health
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ACA Marketplace Participation Tracker, 2015 - 2022
Interactive map shows insurer participation in the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Highlights data by carriers, year, and exchange status, as well as detailing data by state and county.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Percent of Adults Covered by Medicaid by County, 2013-2017
Shows county-level data for adults insured by Medicaid from 2013 through 2017.
Additional links: Excel Data File
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
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Last Updated: 11/29/2022