Title

Effects of the Healthcare Service Gap on Residents (Age 65 and Older) of Marin County, California

Presenter

Cat Mulanax

Abstract

The health outcomes and demographics of residents of Marin County, California who are at least 65 years old were analyzed for three population groups: residents that fall below the 100% federal poverty line (FPL), residents that fall between the 100%-300% FPL, and residents that are over the 300% FPL. Survey data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) were used to examine diabetes, immunizations, access to health care, and health behaviors. The 100%-300% FPL cohort is particularly interesting since these individuals do not qualify for welfare services like free healthcare but are also not wealthy enough to be in the self-sufficiency population to easily and independently afford healthcare. Being stuck in this service gap creates hardships that affect health and well being. This study explored hardships faced by these individuals and policy changes to better serve this population.

Faculty Sponsor

James Russo

Sponsor Department/Programs

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Tracks

Health, Education and Ecology

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Science 159

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Effects of the Healthcare Service Gap on Residents (Age 65 and Older) of Marin County, California

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The health outcomes and demographics of residents of Marin County, California who are at least 65 years old were analyzed for three population groups: residents that fall below the 100% federal poverty line (FPL), residents that fall between the 100%-300% FPL, and residents that are over the 300% FPL. Survey data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) were used to examine diabetes, immunizations, access to health care, and health behaviors. The 100%-300% FPL cohort is particularly interesting since these individuals do not qualify for welfare services like free healthcare but are also not wealthy enough to be in the self-sufficiency population to easily and independently afford healthcare. Being stuck in this service gap creates hardships that affect health and well being. This study explored hardships faced by these individuals and policy changes to better serve this population.

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