The Impact of Health Insurance Coverage on Native Elder Health: Implications for Addressing the Health Care Needs of Rural Native American Elders
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Examines health insurance coverage and access to
healthcare among American Indian and Alaska Native elders
(Native elders) -- defined as 55 years or older. Young
elders, 55 to 64 years of age, are most likely to be
uninsured with one-third reporting having no insurance,
while 15% of older elders, 65 years of age and over,
report they are uninsured. Uninsured Native elders are
about twice as likely as insured Native elders to
indicate they have no regular provider. In addition, one
out of 10 Native elders report they were not able to get
care when they needed it during the preceding 12 months.
Reasons cited for not getting healthcare when it was
needed included long waiting times, transportation
problems, and cost. The authors conclude it is essential
to develop policies that address the financial,
geographical, and cultural aspects that negatively impact
access to culturally appropriate healthcare. Full report
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Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
Alana Knudson, Mary Wakefield, Kyle Muus, Jacque Gray, Leander McDonald, Richard Ludtke, Gestur Davidson