Health Insurance Stability Among Rural Children Following Public Coverage Expansions
Using the 1996, 2001, and 2004 panels of the SIPP, we will measure rural-urban differences in uninsured spell length and frequency, sources of coverage before and after uninsured spells, movement between sources of coverage, how these measures of stability have changed over time, and the factors that relate to greater continuity of coverage among rural children. Additionally, we plan to link these data to the Rural-Urban Continuum Codes (RUCCs) to separately examine populations living in urban areas, rural areas adjacent to urban areas, and rural areas not adjacent to urban areas.
Health Insurance Coverage of Low-Income Rural Children Increases and is More Continuous Following CHIP Implementation
Maine Rural Health Research Center
This study found that following the Children's Health Insurance Program's (CHIP) implementation, health insurance coverage and continuity increased among low-income children, particularly for those living in rural areas. By CHIP's maturity, coverage for rural children improved so much that their uninsured rate dropped below that of urban children.