Health insurance coverage and mortality among the near-elderly.

TitleHealth insurance coverage and mortality among the near-elderly.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsMcWilliams, JM, Zaslavsky, AM, Meara, E, Ayanian, JZ
JournalHealth Aff (Millwood)
Date Published2004 Jul-Aug
ISSN Number0278-2715
Call Numberpubs_2004_McWilliams_etal.pdf
KeywordsCohort Studies, Female, health policy, Humans, Insurance Coverage, Insurance, Health, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Medically Uninsured, Middle Aged, Mortality, United States

Uninsured near-elderly people may be particularly at risk for adverse health outcomes. We compared mortality of a nationally representative cohort of insured and uninsured near-elderly people with stratification by race; income; and the presence of diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease, using propensity-score methods to adjust for numerous characteristics. Lacking health insurance was associated with substantially higher adjusted mortality among adults who were white; had low incomes; or had diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease. Expanding coverage to the near-elderly uninsured may greatly improve health outcomes for these groups.

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Health Insurance Coverage/Elderly/Mortality

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Alternate JournalHealth Aff (Millwood)
Citation Key6935
PubMed ID15318584