Residential High-Speed Internet Among Those Likely to Benefit From an Online Health Insurance Marketplace
Boudreaux, Michel H.
INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing 1– 7 © The Author(s) 2016 DOI: 10.1177/0046958015625231
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Using data from the 2013 American Community Survey, we found that 24.3 million people (about 1 in 4) who were either eligible for Medicaid/Children’s Health Inusrance Program (CHIP) or appeared likely to shop for Qualified Health Plan (QHP) lacked residential high-speed Internet. Specifically, 28.6% or 18.9 million people eligible for Medicaid/CHIP and 17.1% or 5.5 million people who appeared likely to shop for a QHP did not have high-speed Internet in the home. For both the Medicaid/CHIP eligible and those likely to shop for a QHP, the proportion of people living in households without Internet varied substantially by race, geography, and other socio-demographic characteristics.