Surveying Low-Income New Yorkers About Their Health Insurance and Access to Care


Five years ago, The Commonwealth Fund and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation cofunded a multistate survey of low-income adults to assess their health insurance coverage and access to care. The Fund separately supported a New York City extension of the survey. To track changes over time and evaluate current levels of coverage and access, the Kaiser Foundation is supporting a new survey of men and women in California, Florida, Missouri, New York, and Texas. The Fund will expand this sample to include an additional 2,000 low- and moderate-income adults in New York City. Follow-up analyses will compare New Yorkers' experiences with their counterparts' in the other four states and in Los Angeles-another gateway city that is home to many impoverished, uninsured adults. The survey will provide a much-needed baseline for measuring the effectiveness of a planned expansion in New York State of public insurance programs for poor adults. Since many questions will be the same as those asked in the first New York survey, responses will enable an analysis of trends as well as an up-to-date assessment of insurance coverage, access, and satisfaction with care.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
NuStats Partners LP
Principal Investigator:
Carlos Arce, Ph.D
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 10, 2001

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