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Differences in Access to Health Care Among the Moderate- and Low-Income Population Across Urban Areas

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Publication Date: July 2000

Author(s): Roberta Wyn; Stephanie Teleki; E. Richard Brown

Funder(s): California Wellness Foundation

Funder(s): California Wellness Foundation

Topic: Health (Health services for low income people)

Keywords: health insurance; low income; urban areas

Type: Brief

Coverage: California

Abstract:

This policy brief explores differences in access to health care services for the moderate- and low-income, nonelderly population residing in 29 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), focusing on the effects of insurance status on access to services. The moderate- and low-income population is defined here as those with family incomes below 250% of the federal poverty level, that is, below approximately $31,500 for a family of three in 1996. The data used in this study are from the 1995 and 1996 National Health Interview Surveys, the most recent years for which data are available for urban areas.