Insurance Matters for Low-Income Adults: Results from a Five-State Survey

Cathy Schoen, Barbara Lyons, Diane Rowland, Karen Davis, Elaine Puleo

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Using survey data from 2,000 low-income adult respondents in each of five states, this DataWatch assesses how uninsured, low-income adults differ from low-income adults who have public or private insurance and how Medicaid expansions have affected insurance coverage patterns across states with different eligibility policies. Findings show that the proportion of low-income uninsured adults is two to three times higher in states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility beyond relatively low welfare levels. Compared with persons who have either Medicaid or private insurance, uninsured persons report more difficulties getting needed care, are less likely to have a regular provider, and rate the care they do receive as lower quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-171
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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