Health Insurance Coverage of The Rural and Urban Near Elderly


Reports the results of a study that used data from the 1996-1998 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) to address two principal research questions related to health insurance coverage for the rural near elderly. Findings indicate that the rural near elderly are both more likely to be uninsured and to be in fair or poor health, and when the near elderly become uninsured they may have a much more difficult time regaining health insurance than younger groups. This issue may be even more problematic in rural areas as the findings indicate that 14% of the rural near elderly are uninsured for the entire survey year, compared to 10% of the urban near elderly.

Maine Rural Health Research Center
Erika Ziller, Andrew Coburn