Does the Lack of Health Insurance Within a Community Impact the Health Outcomes of Residents With Insurance?
Dates of Project: July 2011 through March 2013
Description: Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine and RAND Corporation assessed the impact of community uninsurance rates on awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension among the insured.
This is the first study to demonstrate that the rate of community uninsurance has an adverse effect on the treatment and control of a major chronic health problem among insured individuals.
- A higher community uninsurance rate decreases the chances of treatment for high blood pressure among insured individuals.
- A higher community uninsurance rate decreases the chances of blood pressure control among insured individuals.
The study shows that the Affordable Care Act “could have positive spillover effects on the health care outcomes of insured individuals...It is really important to think about not just the ACA’s effects on the uninsured, but also how it affects the insured,” says Carole Roan Gresenz, PhD, one of the investigators.