AHRQ-Funded Study Finds Link Between Expanding Medicaid to Parents and Increased Coverage for Children
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A study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and published in the January 5 issue of JAMA Pediatrics found that children whose parents applied for and received Medicaid insurance had an increased 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 children whose parents were selected to apply for Medicaid had 18 percent higher odds of also getting coverage within the first 6 months, compared with children whose parents were not selected to apply. 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.
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.
DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS:
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