|Awarded On||July 27, 2011|
|Title||Nurse and Social Worker Training - Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Patients|
|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|
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 ...