Patterns of Health Insurance Coverage Among Rural and Urban Children


Assesses differences in the patterns of insurance coverage and uninsured spells among rural and urban children in 20 states. Also examines the implications of those differences for the design and implementation of public insurance programs. Among its findings: Although the average duration of new uninsured spells was shorter among rural than urban children, rural children were more likely to experience protracted spells of uninsurance. Rural children were also more likely than urban children to move between public and private coverage. These findings have important implications for designing insurance expansion programs and outreach strategies to effectively enroll and retain rural children.

Maine Rural Health Research Center
Andrew Coburn, Timothy McBride, Erika Ziller