Rural Research Alert: Uninsured

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The Uninsured: An Analysis by Income and Geography

This policy brief analyzes data from the 2010 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates in order to report on uninsurance rates in rural and urban places according to individuals’ income levels. We find lower uninsurance rates at income levels below 400% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) in rural places.  However, we also show that, due to a concentration of incomes below 138% FPL, rural uninsured populations stand to benefit more from possible Medicaid expansions than their urban counterparts. As a percentage of the overall adult population, rural places have more potential enrollees in both expanded Medicaid programs and Health Insurance Marketplaces. We also report on the considerable regional variation in these results.Contact Information:
Keith J. Mueller, PhD
RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Phone: 319.384.3831

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