Patterns of health insurance coverage vary by state

Patterns of health insurance coverage vary by state
Patterns of health insurance coverage among adults vary by state, and these differences may be used to guide efforts to expand coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to research published online Sept. 25 in Health Affairs.

(HealthDay)—Patterns of health insurance coverage among adults vary by state, and these differences may be used to guide efforts to expand coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to research published online Sept. 25 in Health Affairs.

John A. Graves, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and Katherine Swartz, Ph.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, estimated state variations in the percentage of adults who lost and the duration of uninsured periods.

The researchers found that rates of loss of ranged from 18 percent of nonelderly adults in Massachusetts and 22 percent in Vermont to almost 50 percent in Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. Compared with adults who had private insurance, those who had public insurance were more likely to experience periods of being uninsured, but the duration of uninsured periods was shorter.

"States should tailor their enrollment outreach and retention efforts for the ACA's coverage expansions to address their own mix of types of coverage lost and durations of uninsured spells," the authors write.

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

Recommended for you

New measures identified for newborn care in Uganda

date 27 minutes ago

In Uganda, child mortality rates are improving, but progress is slower for deaths occurring in the first four weeks of life, or the newborn period, and for stillbirths. But recent evidence from local researchers ...

Should men cut back on their soy intake?

date 3 hours ago

Recently, a friend called my husband to inquire about the risks for men in consuming too much soy milk. He had read an article that described how one individual's plight led him down the path of breast enlargement, and was ...

Probing Question: What is umami?

date 3 hours ago

The next time you're at a dinner party and want to spice up the conversation, you might compliment the hosts on their umami-rich appetizers. Then wait a moment until someone invariably asks, "What's umami?"

Will the Affordable Care Act eliminate health disparities?

date 5 hours ago

Massachusetts' health reform may be a crystal ball for researchers and policymakers in forecasting the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act. Many see the ACA as the backbone of efforts toward closing the nation's health ...

Experts question election pledges on GP access

date 16 hours ago

As the general election in the UK approaches, experts writing in The BMJ this week question whether the party promises on access to general practice are likely to be achievable.

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.