Have you checked out our State Map Profiles? ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
 
#RuralDisability | September 27, 2019
 
#RuralDisability. An eNewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities.
 
 
 
 
ACA_Medicaid fact sheet cover

Fact sheet explores insurance coverage rates before/after ACA and Medicaid expansion

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and adoption of Medicaid expansion was associated with substantial increases in insurance coverage across the United States. But how did ACA policy changes and Medicaid expansion impact people with disabilities, particularly those in rural areas?

In this fact sheet, RTC:Rural researchers analyzed microdata from the 2008-2013 American Community Survey from IPUMS-USA to compare how insurance coverage changed over time for people with and without disabilities in rural and urban places, and in expansion and non-expansion states.

 
 
 
 
 
screen shot of cover of paper: differences in social connectedness and perceived isolation

RTC:Rural researchers publish paper on rural/urban differences in social connectedness and perceived isolation

Dr. Meredith Repke, RTC:Rural Research Associate, and Dr. Catherine Ipsen, RTC:Rural Director, recently published a paper in the Disability and Health Journal titled “Differences in social connectedness and perceived isolation among rural and urban adults with disabilities.”

They analyzed data from the nation-wide Health Reform and Disability Survey to explore how different factors are related to social participation and perceived isolation for rural and urban people with disabilities.

 
 
 
 
 
collage of maps of Alabama showing different types of disability data.

Visualizing disability data through maps: RTC:Rural's state map series

RTC:Rural’s Disability in America State Profile Map Series is well underway! We have maps for 17 states posted on the website so far, and more are coming soon. In the next two months general disability maps for every state and Puerto Rico will be available on the RTC:Rural website.

Says RTC:Rural Research Associate Ari Lissau, “Maps are a means through which we can translate data into a story for increasing awareness of issues, informing policy, and identifying relationships and correlations, which might otherwise remain largely unknown.”

 
 
 
 
group of people at a Center for Independent Living.
 
RTCLogo

The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) conducts research on disability as part of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana.

RTC:Rural is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) grant numbers 90RT50250100 and 90RTCP0002-01-00 to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.