Sleep apnea grows in rural areas

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

NEW YORK – Private insurance claims for sleep apnea increased by 911% between 2011 and 2014 in rural America, according to FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. Claims in urban areas increased by 839% and, nationally, claims for sleep apnea increased 850%, according to a press release. "Sleep apnea is a public health issue of increasing interest and concern," said FAIR Health President Robin Gelburd. "FAIR Health is ready to contribute its data resources and analytical capabilities to help researchers, policy makers and others address this issue."