Premature Mortality: Potential Role of Health Insurance in Moderating Race/Ethnicity and Rural/Urban Disparities
Project goals: The purpose of the mortality analysis project is to provide estimates of the effect of lack of health insurance on premature mortality among adults aged 45-64. Specifically, we propose to estimate mortality rates across urban and rural populations, by sex and race-ethnicity, and assess the degree to which mortality rates are influenced by insurance status.
Methods: Our research will use the nationally representative Linked Mortality File, developed by the National Center for Health Statistics. This file links detailed respondent information obtained by the 1986 - 2000 National Health Interview Surveys with the National Death File. It contains vital status follow-up information for 297,246 persons age 45 -64.
Anticipated publications or products: A Research Product Portfolio consisting of a Technical
Report, Executive Summary, Key Facts Sheet, and postcard, will be provided to the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP). Scientific presentations and papers will target key policy venues such as AcademyHealth and journals such as Health Affairs.
Higher Risk of Death in Rural Blacks and Whites Than Urbanites is Related to Lower Incomes, Education, and Health Coverage
Rural and Minority Health Research Center
Explores the degree to which lack of health insurance may contribute to high mortality rates among rural minority men and women aged 45-64.