Uninsurance and Welfare Reform in Rural America
This project researched the following hypotheses:
- Transitions off of welfare are often not accompanied by the acquisition of private health insurance or the continuation of Medicaid coverage.
- Transitions off of welfare, accompanied by health insurance coverage, will lead to improved health status, and improved access to health care, for former welfare recipients.
- Transitions off of welfare, not accompanied by health insurance coverage, will lead to declines in health status, and declines in access to health care, for former welfare recipients.
This project proceeded in two phases. In the first phase, project staff used widely-accepted databases to examine the recent history of uninsurance rates in the U.S., focusing on the low-income population that could be eligible for welfare. In the second phase, the focus was on how welfare reform has impacted the health insurance coverage of welfare recipients and other low-income persons over the period of time when welfare reform was phased in.
The Impact of Welfare Reform on Health Insurance Coverage in Rural Areas
RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
This policy brief explores the impact of welfare reform on the health insurance coverage of welfare recipients and other low-income persons during the period when the reform was phased in.