A new report, “Medicaid in Small Town America; A Lifeline for Children, Families and Communities was released by Georgetown University. Research professor Hack Hoadley says on average, 45% of children in small towns and rural areas rely on Medicaid for coverage compared to 38% in metro areas. That rate is lower in Nebraska.
Hoadley says, “31% of children in rural areas and small towns in Nebraska get their health coverage through Medicaid. That is a little greater than in urban areas where the rate is 26 %. The important point is that Medicaid plays an important role in both parts of the state, both the urban areas and in the more rural areas.”
Hoadley says Medicaid coverage for children in rural areas of Nebraska has gone up a few points between 2008-2009 and 2014-2015 from 29% to the 31%. However, the rate of uninsured children in rural areas declined 3%. He says that could be due to better economic conditions for families or people taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act.
Medicaid coverage for adults is at 7% for Nebraskans in both rural and urban areas. The rate of uninsured Nebraskans dropped from 17% to 12% between 2008-2009 and 2014-2015.