Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Erika Ziller

Senior Research Associate and Deputy Director, Maine Rural Health Research Center
Erika Ziller


409 Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-4615

Education: University of Southern Maine, BA Social Work, 1994; University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, MS Health Policy, 1998; Ph.D, 2012.

Areas of Expertise: health insurance coverage, the uninsured, children's health, rural health.

Research Interests: policy options for covering the uninsured, dynamics of health insurance coverage, individual health insurance, access to health care services for vulnerable populations (low-income individuals, children, rural residents)


Date Title Typesort ascending
2010 Access to Mental Health Services and Family Impact of Rural Children With Mental Health Problems Working Paper
2008 Use of Mental Health Services by Rural Children Working Paper
2008 Rural-Urban Differences in Work Patterns Among Adults with Depressive Symptoms Working Paper
2008 Rural Adults Face Parity Problems and Other Barriers to Appropriate Mental Health Care Research and Policy Brief
2009 Health Insurance Profile Indicates Need to Expand Coverage in Rural Areas Research and Policy Brief
2010 Mental Health Problems Have Considerable Impact on Rural Children and Their Families Research and Policy Brief
2013 Examining MaineCare’s Coverage Options Under the Affordable Care Act Research and Policy Brief
2008 Active Living for Rural Youth Research and Policy Brief
2009 Rural Children Don't Receive the Mental Health Care They Need Research and Policy Brief
2007 Rural Families More Likely to be Uninsured and Have Different Sources of Coverage [Research & Policy Brief] Research and Policy Brief
2006 Rural Residents More Likely to be Underinsured (Policy Brief) Research and Policy Brief
2005 Mental Health Encounters in Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms: A National Survey Report
2003 Health Insurance Coverage in Rural America Report
2002 State Licensure Laws and the Mental Health Professions: Implications for the Rural Mental Health Workforce. Executive Summary Report
2001 Patterns of Health Insurance Coverage among Rural and Urban Children Report
2006 Out-of-Pocket Health Spending and the Rural Underinsured Journal Article
2013 Rural Considerations in Establishing Network Adequacy Standards for Qualified Health Plans in State and Regional Health Insurance Exchanges Journal Article
2012 Health Care Access and Use Among the Rural Uninsured Journal Article
2007 Use of Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms by Patients with Mental Health Symptoms Journal Article
2009 Active Living for Rural Youth: Addressing Physical Inactivity in Rural Communities Journal Article
2009 Profile of Rural Health Insurance Coverage: A Chartbook Book/Monograph
2014 Access to Medical Care in Rural America Book Chapter
2014 Children's Health Policy: Promising Starts, Disappointing Outcomes Book Chapter

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Dr. Ziller to speak on Rural Implementation and Impact of Medicaid Expansions

The impact of the ACA Medicaid expansion on health care coverage and access in rural areas is largely unknown and will depend on the different state policy contexts in which the expansions are implemented and on existing system capacity. Understanding how many rural residents are likely to become newly eligible for Medicaid under the ACA, as well as their characteristics and health status, will provide important information to aid policymakers in structuring outreach and enrollment strategies and ensuring that the healthcare infrastructure and delivery systems in rural areas can address the needs of these individuals.

On March 18th, Dr. Ziller, Deputy Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center at the University of Southern Maine, will present via a SHARE webinar, nationally representative information identifying rural-urban differences among low-income non-elderly adults (18 to 65) in the following areas:

  • Medicaid eligibility, pre-ACA
  • Medicaid participation, pre-ACA
  • New Medicaid eligibility in 2014

Dr. Ziller will also analyze the characteristics associated with any rural-urban differences in the above areas. Characteristics to be considered include age, gender, employment, education, income, Census region, health status, current relationship to primary care provider, primary care supply, and FQHC availability.

This webinar is based on Dr. Ziller's research under a State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) grant to inform federal and state implementation of the ACA Medicaid expansion by estimating the size and characteristics of the rural population likely to be newly eligible.
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