Rural Access to Health Insurance and Health Care

RTC:Rural Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities and the Collaborative on Health Reform and Indpendent Living (CHRIL) National Survey on Health Reform and Disability. Rural Americans have less access to quality health care and lower rates of health insurance coverage than those who live in urban areas. Legislative changes at both the federal and state levels will likely increase these disparities.

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is conducting the nation-wide Health Reform and Disability Survey to understand how changes in health care reimbursement strategies affects working-age people with disabilities in terms of access to health insurance, and associated health care and quality of life outcomes. RTC:Rural is partnering with CHRIL to increase the rural representation in the survey.

RTC:Rural will use the gathered data to answer the following rural-specific questions:

  • How do changes in health care reimbursement strategies change the composition of insurance coverage for rural people?
  • How do changes in health care reimbursement strategies impact the availability of health care for rural people?
  • How do changes in health insurance coverage impact the health and quality of life of rural people?

 

  • Project dates: 2018-2023
  • Funded by: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Grant No. 90RTCP0002-01-00
  • Principle Staff: Catherine Ipsen, Meredith Repke, Bryce Ward
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