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Health Insurance Coverage Among Veterans Receiving Care From VA Health Care Facilities.

Stroupe KT, Martinez R, Hogan TP, Gordon EJ, Gonzalez B, Tarlov E, Silva A, Huo Z, Kale I, Ippolito D, Osteen C, Jordan N, French DD, Gordon H, Fischer MJ, Smith BM. Health Insurance Coverage Among Veterans Receiving Care From VA Health Care Facilities. Medical care research and review : MCRR. 2022 Aug 1; 79(4):511-524.

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Reasons for acquiring insurance outside Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care coverage among VA enrollees are incompletely understood. To assess Veterans'' decision-making and acquisition of non-VA health care insurance in the Affordable Care Act era, we used mailed questionnaires and semistructured interviews in a stratified random sample of VA enrollees < 65 years in the Midwest. Of the 3,666 survey participants, 32.1% reported non-VA insurance. Frequently reported reasons included wanting coverage for emergency situations or family members. Those without non-VA insurance cited unaffordability as the main obstacle. Analysis of the semistructured interview data revealed similar findings. In multivariable logistic regression analyses, characteristics associated with non-VA insurance included higher income ( > $50,000 vs. < $10,000, odds ratio [OR] = 5.95, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 3.45-10.3, < .001). As financial barriers exist for acquisition of non-VA insurance and hence community care, it is critically important that VA enrollees'' health care needs are met through VA or community providers financed through VA.

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