Healthcare Access and Affordability Among Rural Children with Public Versus Private Health Insurance

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Project funded:
September 2014
Project completed:
May 2017

To examine differences in healthcare access and affordability among rural children with public (i.e., Medicaid or CHIP) and private health insurance coverage, the study will address the following research questions, using data from the 2011-12 National Survey of Children's Health:

  1. Do low-income rural families report differences in access to healthcare services for their publicly versus privately insured children?
  2. What are the differences in families' perceived affordability of premiums and cost sharing for low-income children with public versus private health insurance coverage?
  3. How do these patterns of access to care and affordability vary between rural and urban children with public and private coverage?