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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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AHRQ Author: Hellinger FJ
In four ACA expansion states, the percentage of uninsured hospitalizations for people with HIV declined, 2012-14.
This study examines the influence of the Affordable Care Act's optional state Medicaid expansion on insurance coverage and health outcomes for hospitalized patients with HIV. It found that the percentage of hospitalizations of uninsured people with HIV in the four expansion states fell from 13.7 percent to 5.5 percent in the study period, while the percentage in the two nonexpanding states increased from 14.5 percent to 15.7 percent.
Citation: Hellinger FJ . In four ACA expansion states, the percentage of uninsured hospitalizations for people with HIV declined, 2012-14. Health Aff 2015 Dec;34(12):2061-8. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0718..
Keywords: Policy, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Hospitalization, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Medicaid, Uninsured
Portela M, Sommers BD
On the outskirts of national health reform: a comparative assessment of health insurance and access to care in Puerto Rico and the United States.
This article presents an overview of Puerto Rico’s health care system and a comparative analysis of coverage and access to care in Puerto Rico and the mainland United States. It found that uninsured rates were significantly lower in Puerto Rico;. Medicaid was far more common in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican residents were more likely than those in the mainland United States to have a usual source of care and to have had a checkup within the past year.
Citation: Portela M, Sommers BD . On the outskirts of national health reform: a comparative assessment of health insurance and access to care in Puerto Rico and the United States. Milbank Q 2015 Sep;93(3):584-608. doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12138..
Keywords: Health Insurance, Access to Care, Policy, Medicaid, Uninsured
AHRQ Author: Hill SC
Medicaid expansion in opt-out states would produce consumer savings and less financial burden than exchange coverage.
This study simulated potential differences in out-of-pocket spending for uninsured adults gaining eligibility for Marketplace coverage (silver plan) because their states have not used the provisions of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid. Compared with having a Marketplace silver plan, being able to take advantage to expanded Medicaid would reduce average out-of-pocket spending by more than 50 percent for these adults and their families.
Citation: Hill SC . Medicaid expansion in opt-out states would produce consumer savings and less financial burden than exchange coverage. Health Aff. 2015 Feb;34(2):340-9. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.1058..
Keywords: Healthcare Costs, Health Insurance, Policy, Low-Income, Medicaid, Uninsured
Epstein AM, Sommers BD, Kuznetsov Y
Low-income residents in three states view Medicaid as equal to or better than private coverage, support expansion.
The authors explored what low-income Americans think about Medicaid. They found that nearly 80 percent of their telephone survey sample favored Medicaid expansion, and approximately two-thirds of uninsured respondents said that they planned to apply for either Medicaid or subsidized private coverage in 2014. Most viewed having Medicaid as better than being uninsured and at least as good as private insurance in overall quality and affordability.
Citation: Epstein AM, Sommers BD, Kuznetsov Y . Low-income residents in three states view Medicaid as equal to or better than private coverage, support expansion. Health Aff 2014 Nov;33(11):2041-7. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0747.
Keywords: Health Insurance, Policy, Low-Income, Medicaid, Uninsured