Disabilities

Completed Projects

Alphabetical list. You can also view by project completion date.

  • Disability Burdens Among Rural and Urban Older Americans
    This project will use the 1994-2000 Second Longitudinal Study of Aging to develop detailed estimates of healthy, disabled, and total life expectancy among rural and urban populations. We will develop and compare the estimates between women and men, by race/ethnicity, and across differing levels of education.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Disabilities, Health disparities and health equity, Long-term care, Rural statistics and demographics
  • Healthcare Use and Access Among Rural & Urban Non-elderly Disabled Medicare Beneficiaries
    This project explored healthcare use and barriers to healthcare access among disabled Medicare beneficiaries under 65 in rural and urban areas. The study was based on quantitative analyses of the 2009-2013 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey.
    Research center: Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Disabilities, Health disparities and health equity, Medicare
  • Medicaid Budget Cuts and Long-Term Care Supplement
    Data on each state will be collected identifying all the changes made to their Medicaid program in the area of long-term care or related services to the frail elderly and disabled, and a policy paper addressing the impact of Medicaid cuts on long term care services, particularly among the elderly in rural areas, will be produced.
    Research center: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Disabilities, Long-term care, Medicaid and CHIP
  • Medicaid Budget Cuts: Effects on Rural Nursing Homes and Rural Elderly and Disabled
    This project will investigate whether nursing home quality and access to nursing home care have eroded in rural areas as a result of changes in Medicare payments or reductions in Medicaid nursing home payments from 2000-2003.
    Research center: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Disabilities, Long-term care, Medicaid and CHIP
  • Out-of-Pocket Costs Among Rural Medicare Beneficiaries
    The purpose of this project is to examine out-of-pocket spending among Medicare beneficiaries, to identify whether there are rural-urban differences in out-of-pocket costs, and to explore what factors account for these differences. Should Medicare redesign occur, this study will provide important information against which to assess the possible impact of different design options on rural Medicare beneficiaries.
    Research center: Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Disabilities, Medicare
  • Rural Residential Care: The Implications of Federal and State Policy Changes
    This project will assess the impact on Medicaid-funded rural residential care options of new and proposed federal policy guiding state compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The extent to which rural facilities are able to comply with the proposed guidelines may affect their eligibility for funding through Home and Community-Based Services waiver programs.
    Research center: Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Disabilities, Medicaid and CHIP
  • Unmet Needs for Health Care Services: An Analysis of Children with Special Health Care Needs in Rural Areas
    This project will study whether parents of children with special healthcare needs (CSHCNs) who live in rural areas are less likely to perceive the need for routine and specialty medical care than their metropolitan counterparts, and whether CSHCNs that live in rural areas face a greater risk of having unmet needs for healthcare services than their metropolitan counterparts.
    Research center: North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
    Topics: Children and adolescents, Disabilities, Health services, Oral health
  • Urban and Rural Differences in Utilization Patterns, Risk Factors and Expenditures of the Dually Eligible Elderly and Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities
    Research center: Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Disabilities, Medicaid and CHIP, Medicare