Posts Tagged by uninsured
|April 30, 2014||Posted by M. P. under Health, Policy, Youth Development||
An April 2014 report from the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota contains encouraging news on the impact of programs, such as Medicaid and CHIP, designed to reduce the number of uninsured children. Between the years of 2008 and 2012, the rate of uninsured children in the United States dropped from 9.7% to 7.5%, according to data reported in SHADAC’s State-Level Trends in Children’s Health Insurance Coverage. This national trend was mirrored in the 35 states that also reported significant declines in uninsured children during the same time period, with Oregon, Florida, Mississippi and Delaware experiencing the largest reductions. Additional findings at the national level:
- The percentage of privately insured low-and-middle-income children declined
- Hispanic children experienced the largest gains in insurance coverage, yet in 2012 remained the largest group of uninsured persons (12.7%) under age 18
- The gap between low-income and high-income children’s likelihood of insurance coverage is shrinking
In Pennsylvania, the rate of uninsured children declined from 6% in 2008 to 5% in 2012.
Report Citation: Sonier, J., Fried, B. 2014. “State-Level Trends in Childrens’ Health Insurance Coverage.” Minneapolis, MN: State Health Access Data Assistance Center.
|March 5, 2013||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Federal Government, Health||
The steady increase of uninsured persons in the United States changed direction in 2011, with an overall decline in the number of uninsured persons age 64 and under (categorized as non-elderly by the Census) according to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. This trend reversal seems to be linked to coverage changes in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). While coverage for children remained stable between 2010 and 2011, it increased among non-elderly adults. Although the proportion of low-income adults increased in 2011, so did the number of insured adults.
This decline and the coverage and population factors that may have influenced it are discussed in the brief Reversing the Trend? Understanding the Recent Increase in Health Insurance Coverage among the Nonelderly Population by John Holahan and Megan McGrath of The Urban Institute. The complete paper is available at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation website.
|June 29, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Federal Government, Health, Policy||
With yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act as the last (judicial) word, the government is ramping up implementation efforts while pundits and the press are postulating about if it will help or harm the country. In the middle is the citizenry, and they continue to struggle with healthcare costs as evidenced by a May 2012 survey conducted by the The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation that found the costs of medical care and services were a chief worry among adults, regardless of their age. In fact, coverage/cost was such a concern, that it played a key role in determining whether or not respondents would see a doctor.
According to the tracking poll, over a quarter (26 percent) of Americans are themselves struggling to pay medical bills or have a family member in that situation. Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed reported that they avoided or delayed medical care due to concerns with the financial costs.
Data from the poll is presented and discussed in the June 2012 edition of the Health Security Watch including,
- 64 percent of those polled were worried about having to pay more for health care and insurance,
- 52 percent of those insured privately reported a recent increase in premiums, and
- 41 percent were worried about losing their health insurance.
|October 25, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Drug and Alcohol, Federal Government, Health, Youth Development||
According to a brief from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the lessons learned about healthful living during one’s youth continue into adulthood, increasing the importance of accessible, quality healthcare for young people during their adolescent and teenage years. The publication, Adolescent Health: Coverage and Access to Care from October 2011, explores the major health concerns for tweens and teens (10 to 18 years old) as well as the expected impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) on coverage and ideas for future policy initiatives.
Based on reports of behaviors from the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the primary areas of concern around the health of youth ages 10 –18 are:
- Violence (adolescents 12 to 15 years old are more likely to become the victim of violence than any other group in the country )
- Nutrition and physical activity (troubling rates of obesity among teenagers)
- Use of controlled and illegal substances (drugs, alcohol and tobacco and their impact on physical and mental health)
- Sexual activity (rates of sexually transmitted infection, assault, pregnancy)
According to the authors of the brief Esme Cullen and Alina Salganicoff, federal data show youth ages 10 to 18 years have the highest rate of health coverage compared to other age groups, yet approximately 4 million remain uninsured even when over half are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). ACA provisions set to begin 2014 may close this gap through increasing eligibility for public health coverage and subsidies with which families may purchase private insurance. These policy changes are expected to lead to an increase in regular medical care of adolescents, including annual well-visits (preventive care) and the identification of risky behaviors, behavioral health or developmental concerns. However, as the authors correctly point out, only if medical professionals are prepared to address delicate topics such as drug and alcohol use, sexual activity and other risky lifestyle choices will the preventative care afforded to adolescents improve their health and future well-being.
Do these concerns and policy priorities line up with your experience with youth in community, school or program settings?
If you work with youth you may also be interested in a the resources for youth alcohol education, assessment and intervention found on the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)’s website.