This section provides information on insurance and managed care in rural communities that includes planning resources, statistics and general assistance through federal and state programs and/or organizations in this area.
Insurance and Managed Care
Rural Health Insurance Resources
Rural Assistance Center.
Health Insurance as a New Indicator of Farm Households' Well-Being
USDA. Economic Research Service.
"...the incidence of health insurance coverage among populations is an important indicator of well-being." Read this article for more information.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Profile of Rural Health Insurance Coverage: A Chartbook (PDF | 913.01KB)
Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. Maine Rural Health Research Center.
June 2009 Publication.
Patient Assistance Program Center.
Provides a comprehensive database of patient assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies, as well as tools, news, and articles for health care professionals and patients.
State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
National Conference of State Legislatures.
"At least 42 states have established or authorized some type of program to provide pharmaceutical coverage or assistance, primarily to low-income elderly or persons with disabilities who do not qualify for Medicaid."
The Uninsured in Rural America
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
2007 Health Insurance Survey of Farm and Ranch Operators (PDF | 1.14MB)
The Access Project.
"This first in a series of briefs based on a survey of farm and ranch operators in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, provides information on insurance status, source of health insurance, health care access, and medical debt for these families."
Comprehensive Health Insurance Coverage Estimates by County
U.S. Census Bureau.
The Census Bureau's Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program produces estimates of health insurance coverage for states and all counties.
Health Insurance Data
DOC. USCB . Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division.