Effects of Uninsurance during the Preceding 10 Years on Health Status Among Rural Working Age Adults

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August 2005

This project utilizes data from the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, which has over 20 years worth of data on individuals who were between the ages of 14-22 in 1979, in order to determine the effects of long-term, continuous uninsurance on health status. This study will compare people in rural and urban areas to determine if differences in health insurance and its effect on health status occur between these two populations.

The following hypotheses will be tested:

  • Workers with longer periods of uninsurance, in multivariate analyses controlling for income, poverty and status/behavior at the beginning of the time period, will be more likely to be overweight, to smoke, to report experiencing hypertension or diabetes, or to describe their health as "fair" to "poor."
  • Effects of uninsurance will be greater in rural than in urban respondents, and greater for minority rural populations than for white rural populations.