Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Expanding Rural Health Insurance Coverage: How Do Insurance Reform Strategies Stack Up?

Duration: 
1/1/2007 - 1/31/2008
Principal Investigator: 
David Hartley, Ph.D., M.H.A.
Abstract: 

<p>There is renewed interest in health insurance reform at both the state and federal level due to the continuing erosion of private insurance coverage and continuing increases in the number of uninsured. The purpose of this study is to inform policymakers about the current state of health insurance coverage in rural America, and to identify how specific reform strategies may differentially affect rural residents.</p>

<p>Using a combination of analytic strategies, including literature review, secondary data analyses, eligibility simulation models, and policy analyses, we will provide policymakers and rural health advocates with the necessary tools to develop reform strategies that meet the needs of rural residents. We seek to address the following research questions: 1)What does a comprehensive review of the literature and research synthesis reveal about rural-urban differences in health insurance coverage, the factors associated with these differences and how economic and/or policy changes affect these differences? 2) What is the current (as of 2005) status of health insurance coverage among rural residents, and how does this differ by region, socioeconomic status and degree of rurality? and, 3) What are the implications for rural residents of specific features of health insurance reform proposals under consideration at the time of analysis?</p>

Start Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
End Date: 
Thu, 2008-01-31
Legacy Muskie ID: 
5 087

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.

 

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