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Report/Brief: Perceptions and Opinions Relating to Cannabis in Minnesota

Apr. 17, 2024: Using data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), this brief explores people’s perceptions and opinions related to cannabis and cannabis use prior to its 2023 legalization in Minnesota. The brief begins with an overview of the context of cannabis policy and use in the United...Read More

Blog: Measuring Perceptions and Opinions on Cannabis Use and Access in Minnesota

Apr. 17, 2024: Even before legalization, most Minnesotans reported that cannabis was easy to obtain; only one-third disapproved of use by adults During the past decade, the United States’ cannabis policy landscape has changed dramatically. By the end of 2023, 24 states had legalized cannabis for non-medical...Read More

Blog: FPG vs. FPL: What's the Difference?

Apr. 03, 2024: This blog was originally posted on April 18, 2023 and updated on April 3, 2024 The terms "FPG" and "FPL" are often used interchangeably, but they are not actually the same thing; there are, in fact, important functional differences between the two concepts. The federal poverty ...Read More

Blog: AHIP Presentation 2024: Improving Health Equity Through Better Demographic Data Collection in Medicaid

Mar. 28, 2024: On March 12, 2024, SHADAC Deputy Director Elizabeth Lukanen presented at the AHIP Medicare, Medicaid, Duals & Commercial Markets Forum as a part of the “Improving Health Equity Through Better Data Collection” session series. Elizabeth's presentation focused specifically on demographic data...Read More

Blog: Tracking Health Insurance Coverage During the Unwinding: Monthly Data from the Household Pulse Survey

Mar. 26, 2024: This update was posted on March 26, 2024 uses data from the March 2024 release of the Household Pulse Survey, collected February 6 – March 4, 2024. Introduction The unwinding of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement represents the largest nationwide coverage transition since the...Read More

Blog: Unemployment Rate Trends of the Past 5 Years: Pre-, Mid-, and Post-Pandemic

Mar. 21, 2024: In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic ended the United States’ decade-long era of economic expansion. Many businesses across industries halted or closed operations, resulting in record-high temporary and permanent job losses – events that have been reflected in unemployment rate trends. ...Read More

Report/Brief: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data: New and Updated Information on Federal Guidance and Medicaid Data Collection Practices (SHVS Brief)

Mar. 11, 2024: Find the brief in full here on the State Health & Value Strategies site.  Authors: Emily Zylla and Elizabeth Lukanen, SHADAC.  Original publication date: March 11, 2024   In the United States, over 13 million people identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or...Read More

Resource: 2023 SHADAC Annual Report

Mar. 11, 2024: In the past year, with support from partners, funders, and collaborators, SHADAC has continued to provide states, organizations, policymakers, and more with unbiased research, technical assistance, and data & evaluation resources. Each year, we create an Annual Report to provide...Read More

Resource: State Medicaid Member Experience Qualitative Data Scan

Mar. 06, 2024: As part of the ongoing work in Phase 2 of the Medicaid Equity Monitoring Tool project, SHADAC researchers have been working to understand what available data sources and measures currently exist that could be useful in populating a potential Medicaid Equity Monitoring Tool. ...Read More

Blog: 2023 NHIS Early Release: Estimates from Quarter 3 (July to September) Hold Steady

Mar. 06, 2024: The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has released quarterly estimates of health insurance coverage beginning in July 2022 through September 2023 from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) as part of the NHIS Early Release Program. Each quarter covers a three-month span, and this...Read More

Blog: Minnesota Community and Uninsured Profile Updated to Include 2022 American Community Survey Estimates

Mar. 01, 2024:       Five-year American Community Survey estimates have been released for 2022, which means that SHADAC researchers have updated our ‘Minnesota Community and Uninsured Profile’ to include this latest data.   This...Read More

Blog: 2020 Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA) Updates in the 2022 American Community Survey

Feb. 28, 2024: A Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA) is a type of geographic unit created for statistical purposes. PUMAs represent geographic areas with a population size of 100,000–200,000 within a state (PUMAs cannot cross state lines). PUMAs are the smallest level of geography available in American Community...Read More

Blog: Now Available on State Health Compare: New 2022 Estimates from the ACS and CPS

Feb. 19, 2024:   2022 estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) and Current Population Survey (CPS) are now available for eight measures on SHADAC’s State Health Compare.   Updated measures using new ACS data include: Coverage Type​ Health insurance coverage by type of coverage (...Read More

The Opioid Epidemic in the United States

Feb. 07, 2024: The Opioid Epidemic in the United States Over the past two decades, the United States has experienced a growing crisis of substance abuse and addiction that is illustrated most starkly by the rise in deaths from drug overdoses. Since 2000, the annual number of overdose deaths from any kind of...Read More

Blog: New Data on Health Insurance Coverage by Race/Ethnicity Added to State Health Compare

Feb. 05, 2024: State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) has added two new racial/ethnic population groups to our measures of health insurance coverage available on State Health Compare. Using micro-data from the American Community Survey (ACS), we were able to add health insurance coverage measures...Read More

Journal Article: Using Enrollment Records to Evaluate Self-Reports of Monthly Coverage in the Redesigned Current Population Survey Health Insurance Module

Jan. 31, 2024: This journal article was originally published on January 23, 2024, in Health Services Research. Introduction This article, authored by SHADAC Investigator Dr. Kathleen T. Call alongside colleagues from the U.S. Census Bureau Angela R. Fertig and Joanne Pascale, explores the...Read More

Report/Brief: Public Health Implications of Cannabis Policy in Minnesota

Jan. 30, 2024: This brief uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to understand issues related to public health implications of Minnesota cannabis use prior to its 2023 legalization. Along with providing key background information and context on cannabis policy in the United States...Read More

Blog: SHADAC and CRC Brief Provides Pre-Legalization Data on Minnesota’s Cannabis Landscape

Jan. 30, 2024:   Even before legalization, cannabis use was rising in Minnesota    Cannabis policy in the United States has evolved during the past decade. After voters in Colorado and Washington approved ballot measures to legalize cannabis in 2012, other states began to follow suit. In...Read More

Report/Brief: SHADAC’s Primary Source of Coverage Hierarchy for American Community Survey (ACS) Estimates on State Health Compare

Jan. 29, 2024: This updated brief from SHADAC defines a “primary source of coverage hierarchy,” and how and when researchers can use this tool to determine which payer is primary when an individual reports multiple sources of health insurance coverage on the American Community Survey (ACS). Using a hierarchy...Read More

Report/Brief: Collection of Self-Reported Disability Data in Medicaid Applications: A Fifty-State Review of the Current Landscape (SHVS Brief)

Jan. 25, 2024: The following content is cross-posted from State Health & Value Strategies. It can also be found on the SHVS site here. Authors: Emily Zylla and Elizabeth Lukanen, SHADAC  Very little is known about people who self-identify as having a disability within the...Read More