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Accession Number PB2013-102044
Title Current and Future Role and Impact of Medicaid in Rural Health.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 11p
Personal Author A. C. MacKinney A. F. Coburn J. P. Lundblad K. J. Mueller T. D. McBride
Abstract Medicaid is the nations largest public insurance program and is a crucial source of health insurance coverage and provider payments for rural people, providers, and communities. The program fills gaps in health insurance coverage for rural people, particularly low-income families and children, and elderly and disabled Medicare beneficiaries. For example, in 2010, over 42% of low-income rural children relied on the Medicaid and the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as their source of coverage. The Medicaid program is also a critical source of health care financing for the rural health system, including hospitals, doctors, and providers of long-term services and supports, and contributes significantly to local, rural economies by supporting health care and related employment. This brief outlines and describes the current Medicaid program and its importance to rural America. It also discusses rural implications of program expansion, including whether and how states choose to implement changes.
Keywords Communities
Health care
Health insurance
Insurance coverage
Rural areas

Source Agency Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
NTIS Subject Category 44Q - Health Related Costs
44N - Health Care Utilization
44J - Health Delivery Plans, Projects & Studies
Corporate Author Iowa Univ. College of Public Health, Iowa City. RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1306
Contract Number N/A

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