This research was supported by a Kentucky State Planning Grant issued to the University of Kentucky Research Foundation by the State Planning Grant Program, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS, Rockville, Maryland (Grant No. 2 P09HS04012-02-00), 2004-2007. For further information, contact: Ning Lu, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, College of Health and Human Services, Governors State University, University Park, IL 60466; e-mail email@example.com.
Rural-Urban Differences in Health Insurance Coverage and Patterns Among Working-Age Adults in Kentucky
Version of Record online: 2 APR 2010
© 2010 National Rural Health Association
The Journal of Rural Health
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 129–138, Spring 2010
How to Cite
Lu, N., Samuels, M. E., Kletke, P. R. and Whitler, E. T. (2010), Rural-Urban Differences in Health Insurance Coverage and Patterns Among Working-Age Adults in Kentucky. The Journal of Rural Health, 26: 129–138. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.2010.00274.x
- Issue online: 2 APR 2010
- Version of Record online: 2 APR 2010
- Insurance status;
- patterns of health insurance coverage;
- rural-urban inequalities;
- specific insurance coverage
Context: Past studies show that rural populations are less likely than urban populations to have health insurance coverage, which may severely limit their access to needed health services.
Purpose: To examine rural-urban differences in various aspects of health insurance coverage among working-age adults in Kentucky.
Methods: Data are from a household survey conducted in Kentucky in 2005. The respondents include 2,036 individuals ages 18-64. Bivariate analyses were used to compare the rural-urban differences in health insurance coverage by individual characteristics. Logistic regression analyses were used to examine the independent impact of rural-urban residence on the various aspects of health insurance coverage, while controlling for the individuals’ health status and sociodemographic characteristics.
Findings: The overall rate of working-age adults with health insurance did not differ significantly between the rural and urban areas of Kentucky. However, there were significant rural-urban differences in insurance for specific types of health care and in patterns of insurance coverage. Rural adults were less likely than urban adults to have coverage for vision care, dental care, mental health care, and drug abuse treatment. Rural adults were also less likely to obtain insurance through employment, and their current insurance coverage was, on average, of shorter duration than that of urban adults.
Conclusions: In Kentucky, the overall health insurance rate of working-age adults is influenced more by employment status and income than by whether these individuals reside in rural or urban areas. However, coverage for specific types of care, and coverage patterns, differ significantly by place of residence.