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Reports and Briefs: Collection of Race, Ethnicity, Language Data on Medicaid Applications: New and Updated Information on Medicaid Data Collection Practices in the States, Territories, and D.C.

Nov. 30, 2022: Collecting and monitoring data on Medicaid enrollees that is broken down by race, ethnicity, and language (REL) is an essential first step in assessing health disparities as well as identifying strategies for improvement in state Medicaid programs. Although all state Medicaid agencies and most U.S...Read More

Blog & News: Neighborhood Support Matters for Child Health

Nov. 22, 2022: Where people live, work, and play has been shown to have important impacts on health. In addition to one’s physical environment (e.g., access to safe schools, parks, and sources of nutritious food), the extent to which people feel connected to a supportive community with a network of resources is...Read More

Blog & News: Charting Two Decades of the Evolving Opioid Crisis

Nov. 18, 2022: In more than 20 years, the overdose crisis has shifted and grown from prescription opioids to a range of illicitly trafficked drugs Just over a decade after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared an “epidemic” of overdoses from...Read More

Blog & News: Five-Year Review Shows Rising Trends in Adult E-Cigarette Use: 2017 to 2021

Nov. 08, 2022:   BRFSS OVERVIEW This analysis uses data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, an annual telephone survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that collects data from respondents across all 50 states and D...Read More

Blog & News: California Health Insurance Stable in 2021, but Many Will Need to Switch Coverage Once COVID-19 Pandemic Protections End (CHCF Cross Post)

Nov. 07, 2022: The following content is cross-posted from California Health Care Foundation published on November 4, 2022. Authors: Colin Planalp and Lacey Hartman, SHADAC Employer-sponsored insurance declined significantly; Medi-Cal and individual market coverage held steady During 2021, the...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Comparing Federal Government Surveys That Count the Uninsured: 2022

Oct. 28, 2022: With the release of new insurance coverage estimates from surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SHADAC has updated our annual “Comparing Federal...Read More

Blog & News: BRFSS Estimates Show Potential Break in Series for Usual Source of Care: New Data on State Health Compare

Oct. 20, 2022: A change to the 2021 BRFSS’ “personal doctor” question has led to large changes in the share of respondents reporting having no personal doctor The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a long-running, telephone-based state survey designed to...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Exploring 2021 State Public Health Funding Estimates Using State Health Compare

Oct. 10, 2022: This updated SHADAC brief on state-provided public health funding estimates highlights newly-available 2021 data as well as trends over the past decade (2012–2021). These estimates come from SHADAC’s State Health Compare measure, “Public Health Funding”, which provides annual estimates of per-...Read More

Presentations: Better Health through Data: Improved Collection of Demographic Data in Medicaid

Oct. 06, 2022: SHADAC Deputy Director Elizabeth Lukanen served as an expert panelist for an Alliance for Health Policy briefing hosted by Arnold Ventures titled "Better Health through Data: Opportunities and Limitations of Health Data" which was held virtually on October 6, 2022. This event reviewed the...Read More

Presentations: An Annual Conversation with the U.S. Census Bureau: Health Insurance Coverage Estimates from the 2021 ACS and CPS (Webinar)

Sep. 29, 2022: SHADAC hosted a webinar on Thursday, September 29, 2022 that provided an overview of 2011 health insurance coverage estimates from two key, large-scale federal data sources: The American Community Survey (ACS) and the Current Population Survey (CPS). This webinar examined the new...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Room to Grow: Inequities in Children's Health Insurance Coverage

Sep. 28, 2022: Health insurance is a linchpin in the United States’ health care system. It can insulate families from deep financial strain and medical debt, as costs for health care services have grown increasingly unaffordable in recent decades. For children, the doorway to health care offered by insurance is...Read More

Presentations: Overview of SHADAC's Minnesota Community and Uninsured Profile for MDH's Health Equity Data Community of Practice

Sep. 22, 2022: On September 19, 2022, SHADAC investigator Kathleen Thiede Call presented at the Minnesota Department of Health's Health Equity Data Community of Practice Meeting. This presentation included a guided tour of SHADAC's Minnesota Community and Uninsured Profile, along with a brief history of...Read More

Blog & News: 2021 ACS: Estimates Show Declining Uninsurance Rates Across 28 States, Driven by Rise in Public Coverage and Fall in Private Coverage

Sep. 15, 2022:   In a slight departure from their normal process, the U.S. Census Bureau released all 2021 estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) today, which included state-level information about health insurance coverage by coverage type as well by certain demographic categories. The Census...Read More

Blog & News: CPS ASEC: 2021 National Health Insurance Coverage Estimates Show Falling Uninsured and Private Coverage Rates Across Population Demographics (Infographic)

Sep. 13, 2022: The U.S. Census Bureau has released an initial report detailing the state of health insurance coverage in the United States for 2021. Drawing on data from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC), the report highlights good news overall as the percentage of the...Read More

Reports and Briefs: State-Level Trends in Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance, 2019-2021

Aug. 30, 2022: The COVID-19 pandemic has altered long-standing patterns of life and work in the United States and internationally. The pandemic, along with the associated policy response, led to (at least temporary) changes in Americans’ primary source of health insurance coverage, with more Americans enrolled in...Read More

Blog & News: Employer-Sponsored Insurance (2019-2021): A National-Level Look at Cost and Coverage Rates (Infographic)

Aug. 30, 2022: Throughout the United States, a majority of Americans and their families receive health insurance coverage through their employer. In 2021, the number of individuals enrolled in this type of coverage–known as employer-sponsored insurance or ESI–exceeded 62.2 million. In this blog, infographic, and...Read More

Blog & News: Assessing Physician Acceptance of Medicaid Patients Using State Health Compare

Aug. 25, 2022: In order for the more than 80 million Medicaid beneficiaries to access needed care in a timely manner, there must be a sufficient number of health care providers to serve these patients. There has long been concern that providers are less likely to accept Medicaid patients than patients with other...Read More

Blog & News: 2022 NHIS Early Release: Estimates from Quarter 1 (January-March) show potential post-pandemic rebounds in health insurance coverage

Aug. 08, 2022: The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has released quarterly estimates of health insurance coverage beginning in January 2021 through March 2022 from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) as part of the NHIS Early Release Program. After disruptions to data collection operations...Read More

Blog & News: Now Available on State Health Compare: Five Updated Measures and One Brand New Measure

Jul. 25, 2022: Estimates for five measures of health care access, affordability, and use have now been updated on SHADAC’s State Health Compare web tool. One new measure, Had Dental Visit has also been added to the tool. The new and updated measures are all produced using data from the National Health Interview...Read More

Blog & News: Understanding the Medicaid MAGI and CHIP Application Process Time Performance Indicator

Jul. 21, 2022: The speed and accuracy with which state Medicaid programs process applications will become increasingly important as the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) comes to an end. Once states phase out the PHE, they will have to manage new Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)...Read More