AcademyHealth: Massachusetts Health Care Reform and Chronic Disease Outcomes

My latest post at the AcademyHealth blog:

One of the critical questions about health care reform asks how much good reform will do to improve the quality of people’s health. Yes, insurance is about more than outcomes. It’s also about giving people peace of mind and providing them with financial security. But it’s also about making people healthier.

Does it do that? After the results of the Oregon Insurance Health Experiment, many debated this issue. Some of the papers claimed that providing people with Medicaid did little to improve chronic disease. Some, like Austin and I, argued that the study wasn’t really powered to answer these questions. But that doesn’t mean those questions shouldn’t, or can’t, be answered.

A recent paper in HSR adds to our fund of knowledge.

Go read about it!


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