Health Care Access and Use Among the Rural Uninsured (Research & Policy Brief)


Using data from the 2002-2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), this study examined access to care and service use among non-elderly, uninsured rural and urban residents.

Key Findings include:

  • Uninsured residents of both rural and urban areas face serious barriers to care compared to those with health insurance coverage.
  • The rural uninsured are more likely to have a usual source of care and to have used ambulatory care in the past year than the urban uninsured.
  • Insured or not, rural residents have difficulty accessing after hours care and traveling to see their usual provider
Maine Rural Health Research Center
Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, Andrew Coburn