Health Care In The Suburbs: An Analysis Of Suburban Poverty And Health Care Access

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Title: Health Care In The Suburbs: An Analysis Of Suburban Poverty And Health Care Access
Author: Schnake-Mahl, Alina Sophia; Sommers, Benjamin Daniel

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Citation: Schnake-Mahl, Alina S., and Benjamin D. Sommers. 2017. “Health Care In The Suburbs: An Analysis Of Suburban Poverty And Health Care Access.” Health Affairs 36 (10) (October 1): 1777–1785. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0545.
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Abstract: There are 16.9 million Americans living in poverty in the suburbs—more than in cities or rural communities. Despite recent increases in suburban poverty, the perception of the suburbs as areas of uniform affluence remains, and there has been little research into health care barriers experienced by people living in these areas. The objectives of this study were to compare patterns of insurance coverage and health care access in suburban, urban, and rural areas using national survey data from 2005 to 2015 and to compare outcomes by geography before and after the Affordable Care Act took effect. We found that nearly 40 percent of the uninsured population lived in suburban areas. Though unadjusted rates of health care access were better in suburban areas, compared to urban and rural communities, this advantage was greatly reduced after income and other demographics are accounted for. Overall, a substantial portion of the US population residing in the suburbs lacked health insurance and experienced difficulties accessing care. Increased policy attention is needed to address these challenges for vulnerable populations living in the suburbs.
Published Version: doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0545
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