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Report/Brief: Tracking the Medicaid Undercount in the 2021 ACS Coverage Data

Jan. 30, 2023: Research has consistently shown that health insurance coverage surveys underestimate the number of people enrolled in Medicaid and the extent of this “Medicaid undercount” varies greatly across surveys and states. Among these surveys that measure health insurance coverage, the American...Read More

Report/Brief: Issue Brief: Unwinding the Medicaid Continuous Coverage Requirement - Transitioning to Employer-Sponsored Coverage (State Health & Value Strategies Cross-Post)

Jan. 20, 2023: The following content is cross-posted from State Health and Value Strategies, published on January 19, 2023. Authors: Elizabeth Lukanen and Robert Hest, SHADAC Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have played a key role in the response to the COVID-19...Read More

Report/Brief: Medicaid Undercount Doubles, Likely Tied to Enrollee Misreporting of Coverage

Dec. 05, 2022: Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) programs have played a key role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing an important safety net for health insurance coverage for millions of people during this unprecedented public health crisis. The Families First Coronavirus Response...Read More

Report/Brief: 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

Report/Brief: 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

Report/Brief: 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

Report/Brief: 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

Report/Brief: 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

Report/Brief: Rates of Anxiety and Depression Symptoms Declined in 2021, Remained Higher than Pre-Pandemic

Jun. 07, 2022: June 7, 2022   Despite improvements, disparities in prevalence persisted As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States, anxiety and depression levels remain elevated compared to pre-pandemic rates. However, 2021 data shows a significant decline in reported anxiety and...Read More

Report/Brief: State and Federal Relief Prevented Deep Backslide in Health Care Affordability in California in 2020 (CHCF Cross Post)

May. 18, 2022: The following content is cross-posted from California Health Care Foundation. It was first published on May 18, 2022. Author: Colin Planalp, Research Fellow, SHADAC In 2020, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic meant the imposition of incredible burdens on every corner of US society,...Read More

Report/Brief: New SHADAC Brief Summarizes Study of Effects of Medicaid Expansion on Physician Participation

Mar. 17, 2022: With the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) expansion of Medicaid, approximately 15 million people were able to enroll in the program - many of whom were previously uninsured. However, researchers have long worried that an expansion of insurance coverage would not translate to an equal expansion...Read More

Report/Brief: Prevalence and disparities in excessive alcohol use among U.S. adults

Mar. 07, 2022:    17 million report heavy drinking,    40 million report binge drinking In the past several years, researchers have shone new light on the public health threat of alcohol consumption in the United States. Nationally, life expectancy has declined, while deaths involving...Read More

Report/Brief: Comparing Federal Government Surveys That Count the Uninsured: 2021

Jan. 26, 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

Report/Brief: Borrowing Proven Policy Strategies to Vaccinate Kids Against COVID-19

Nov. 03, 2021: With the authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccine for children age five and older, most kids in the United States are now eligible to be immunized. Recent experience with other vaccines—measles and chickenpox, for example—shows the country is capable of vaccinating kids widely and equitably...Read More

Report/Brief: COVID-19 illness personally affected nearly 97 million U.S. adults

Oct. 01, 2021: New brief shows results from SHADAC COVID-19 Survey on population experiences with COVID sickness and death Researchers at SHADAC have fielded an updated version of the SHADAC COVID-19 Survey in April 2021, aimed at understanding respondents’ experiences with illness and death due to COVID-19...Read More

Report/Brief: Collection and Availability of Data on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigrant Groups in Federal Surveys that Measure Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care

Sep. 08, 2021: This brief aims to assist state and federal analysts with survey development and/or analysis of existing survey data to generate estimates of health insurance coverage and access to care across racial and ethnic groups and according to nativity and/or immigrant status. The brief presents the...Read More

Report/Brief: Changes in Federal Surveys Due to and During COVID-19 Brief

Aug. 27, 2021: On a recent webinar, the U.S. Census Bureau made the announcement that they will not be releasing 2020 data from the American Community Survey (ACS) as usual in September. Instead, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, “experimental” estimates will be available in November. This...Read More

Report/Brief: 2020 Update of SHADAC's Health Insurance Unit and Defining Families Issue Brief

Aug. 18, 2021: In 2012, SHADAC created and released the SHADAC “Health Insurance Unit,” or “HIU,” to aid researchers in reconciling the differences between the way that a “family” is defined in federal surveys (such as the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey [ACS] or Current Population Survey [CPS])...Read More

Report/Brief: COVID-19 Pandemic Coincided with Elevated and Increasing Anxiety and Depression Symptoms

Jul. 01, 2021: SHADAC Director Dr. Lynn Blewett and SHADAC Researchers Colin Planalp and Robert Hest used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey (HPS) to study rates of anxiety and depression in the U.S. adult population for the months of April to December 2020. The brief looks at both...Read More

Report/Brief: Significance Testing Using State Health Compare

Jun. 23, 2021: Originally published December 2016. Updated June 2021. This technical brief provides guidance on how to run tests for statistically significant differences using estimates and their associated margins of error from SHADAC’s State Health Compare web tool. The brief first explains how to...Read More

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