Grant ID PP110172
Awarded On July 27, 2011
Title Nurse and Social Worker Training - Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Patients
Program Prevention
Award Mechanism Health Behavior Change Through Public and Professional Education and Training
Institution/Organization The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator/Program Director Lewis Foxhall
Cancer Sites All Sites
Contracted Amount $211,406
Lay Summary

Texas has the highest proportion of people without health insurance (25.5 percent) in the country and has the fifth highest proportion in poverty (16.6 percent). Cancer patients without health insurance coverage have significantly poorer outcomes. Texas health care providers are particularly concerned about caring for uninsured and underinsured patients, higher cancer incidence rates in low-income and minority individuals and quality of care in rural areas.

In Texas, county governments are responsible for medical care for low-income residents though it is limited. Procedures for accessing care vary from county to county, so it can be confusing for people who need services and for nurses ...

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