Expanding Medicaid to Parents Is Associated With Increased Coverage for Children, According to AHRQ Study
An AHRQ-funded study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that children whose parents applied for and received Medicaid insurance had a higher probability of also being covered. The study assessed results of Oregon’s expansion of Medicaid in 2008 when uninsured, low-income individuals were randomly selected to apply for coverage. The study found that parents selected to apply for Medicaid conveyed 18 percent higher odds of their children also getting coverage within the first six months. Children of parents who both applied for and later obtained Medicaid had more than double the odds of receiving coverage compared with children whose parents were not selected. These results demonstrate a causal link between parents’ access to Medicaid coverage and their children’s coverage, researchers said. The study, “Effect of Expanding Medicaid for Parents on Children’s Health Insurance Coverage: Lessons From the Oregon Experiment,” andabstract were published January 5.
JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Jan;169(1):e143145. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.3145. Epub 2015 Jan 5.
Effect of expanding medicaid for parents on children's health insurance coverage: lessons from the Oregon experiment.
DeVoe JE1, Marino M2, Angier H2, O'Malley JP3, Crawford C2, Nelson C4, Tillotson CJ3, Bailey SR2, Gallia C5, Gold R6.
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