Health Insurance Dynamics of Uninsured Rural Families
This study has three objectives:
- In households with at least one uninsured member, to determine if there are rural-urban differences in family-level insurance status (fully insured, partially insured, or completely uninsured.
- Among families with mixed coverage, to identify the insurance status of other family members (Medicare, Medicaid, employer-sponsored, and non-group private).
- To determine what employment and socioeconomic characteristics are associated with rural families' health insurance mix and whether these characteristics are the same or different than for urban families.
Given that current strategies to address the uninsured appear to be focused almost exclusively on incremental health insurance reform, the findings from this study will assist policy-makers in determining how to build on existing insurance systems in ways that will be most effective for rural families.
Findings from this study will include a working paper, a research and policy brief, presentations at national conferences, and submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
Rural Families More Likely to be Uninsured and Have Different Sources of Coverage
Maine Rural Health Research Center
This research and policy brief examines patterns of health insurance coverage within rural families and compares family-level insurance status for rural and urban families.