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Lipton BJ, Decker SL
AHRQ Author: Decker SL
The effect of health insurance coverage on medical care utilization and health outcomes: evidence from Medicaid adult vision benefits.
The reserarchers examined the effect of vision insurance on eye care utilization and vision health outcomes by taking advantage of quasi-experimental variation in Medicaid coverage of adult vision care. They found that Medicaid beneficiaries with vision coverage are 4.4 percentage points more likely to have seen an eye doctor in the past year,and 5.3 percentage points less likely to report needing but not purchasing eyeglasses or contacts due to cost.
Citation: Lipton BJ, Decker SL . The effect of health insurance coverage on medical care utilization and health outcomes: evidence from Medicaid adult vision benefits. J Health Econ 2015 Dec;44:320-32. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2015.10.006.
Keywords: Medicaid, Eye Disease and Health, Healthcare Utilization, Health Services Research (HSR), Outcomes