Health Insurance Coverage During the Years Preceding Medicare Eligibility

By | April 11, 2005

Center faculty Joseph Sudano, PhD co-authored a paper with former Center member David Baker, MD, MPH in the April 11th, 2005, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. “Health Insurance Coverage During the Years Preceding Medicare Eligibility” describes the prevalence of uninsurance in a longitudinal cohort of over 6000 US adults 51-57 years old in 1992. Baker and Sudano used data from the Health and Retirement Study that enabled follow-up from 1992 through 2000. They found that the proportion of late-middle aged adults at risk of being uninsured over the follow-up period was 2-3 times higher than current estimates of uninsurance that are based on cross-sectional data. At least one quarter of older adults will be uninsured at some point during the years preceding Medicare eligibility.Health Insurance Coverage During the Years Preceding Medicare Eligibility

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About Joseph J. Sudano

I have been trained as a medical sociologist and health services researcher and am currently a faculty member in the Population Health Unit in the Center for Health Care Research and Policy, Case Western Reserve University at The MetroHealth System and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University. I am also the Director of Education in the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Case Western Reserve University. My current research interests include: disparities in health care access, utilization and health outcomes concentrating on minorities and other vulnerable populations; social determinants of health including community/contextual characteristics (e.g., residential segregation, SES/poverty, job opportunities); measurement equivalence, validity and item-response theory in cross-cultural health status measurement; culturally-specific health beliefs and behaviors; general cognitive ability, personality, and education in relationship to health status and health behaviors; structural equation modeling/path analysis in health outcomes research; health related survey data collection and analysis; international health services research.