• Medicaid Expansion: Good for Children, Their Parents, and Providers

    Austin and I have written a Viewpoint piece in JAMA Pediatrics. From the press release:

    In a Viewpoint, Aaron E. Carroll, M.D., M.S., of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and Austin B. Frakt, Ph.D., of the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Massachusetts, write: “Public insurance makes a real difference in the health of children. Those who are covered are significantly more likely to have a usual source of care than those who are uninsured, which is strongly associated with better outcomes.”

    “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) changes Medicaid into a universal program for all people, children and adults alike, in families with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty line. This is not an insignificant change. About half of the more than 30 million currently uninsured who are expected to get coverage under the ACA will do so through the Medicaid expansion. Many of the people who will get coverage are parents,” they continue.

    “Although a debate might continue in the political sphere, the evidence is quite clear that expansion of the program has many benefits for states and their low-income residents,” the article concludes.

    Go read!


    • “Medicaid can also have a stimulative effect on the economy, leading to increased employment and revenues, and, once again, can increase the potential for overall savings for many states.”

      Without a qualifier, why tout job and economic growth as the overly rosy benefit we knows its not? Short term gain for long-term economic pain.

      Space limitations?

    • looks to me like another big government joke. A few months down the road congress will pass a bunch of laws or provisions that pays everybody retroactively and we still have no budget cuts and gross overspending.