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Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: 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

Reports and Briefs: Minnesota Health Access Survey 2019 Technical Report

Jun. 20, 2021: This report describes the data collection process and methodology behind the Minnesota Health Access Survey (MNHA), emphasizing the most recent administration of the survey completed in 2019. The 2019 MNHA represents a break in series, involving for the first time the blending of two sample frames...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Assessing State Public Health Funding Using State Health Compare

Jun. 05, 2021: SHADAC has updated our brief on estimates of state-provided funding for the State Health Compare measure, “Public Health Funding.” Though this updated brief highlights state public health funding data from 2011–2020, data is available on the State Health Compare website for every year,...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Escalating Alcohol-Involved Death Rates: Trends and Variation across the Nation and in the States from 2006 to 2019 (Infographics)

Apr. 19, 2021: April 19, 2021 In the midst of the opioid epidemic, the United States has been quietly experiencing another mounting public health crisis as deaths involving alcohol have grown to historic highs. After years of stability, the rate of alcohol-related deaths began to increase in 2007 and has...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Data to Inform Research on Integrated Care for Dual Eligibles

Apr. 01, 2021: This report by SHADAC researchers Lacey Hartman and Elizabeth Lukanen, conducted with support from the Arnold Ventures Foundation, summarizes the findings of a systematic review of data sources that could be used to study the broad topic of integrated care for dual eligibles.  The paper...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Anticipating COVID-19 Vaccination Challenges through Flu Vaccination Patterns

Jan. 06, 2021: A new issue brief from SHADAC researchers, funded by the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), examines flu vaccination rates as the closest possible analog to understanding how the implementation of a widespread coronavirus vaccination campaign will unfold. Using data from the U.S. Centers...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Using 1115 Waivers to Fund State Uncompensated Care Pools

Oct. 08, 2020: What is an Uncompensated Care Pool? Uncompensated care pools (UC pools, or UCPs) are one strategy used by states in order to fund care for the uninsured and the underinsured. The pools are primarily used to pay providers for a portion of the free care they provide, thereby ensuring access to...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Comparing Federal Government Surveys That Count the Uninsured: 2020

Oct. 02, 2020: 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 Government Surveys...Read More

Reports and Briefs: 2019 ACS Tables: State and County Uninsured Rates, with Comparison Year 2018

Sep. 17, 2020: The interactive map on this page links to tables containing state and county uninsurance estimates for 2019. These estimates come from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) via the U.S. Census Bureau's tool. Click on a state below to see state and...Read More