Demand for Medical Services Among Previously Uninsured Children: The Roles of Race and Rurality (Report)


Examined the use of medical services over nearly two years among newly insured and continuously insured children, ages six through twelve, in the CHIP and Medicaid programs in West Virginia and South Carolina. The study focused on the patterns of medical care utilization in the children, and found that there was not a significant change in utilization patterns among newly insured children in general. There were findings that newly insured children illustrated delayed demand and actually used fewer health services initially than their continually insured peers.

Rural and Minority Health Research Center
Karen Goldsteen, Raymond Goldsteen