Oregon was one of the first states to expand it's Medicaid program to the uninsured.
Harvard Economists recently released a report showing positive outcomes from Medicaid Expansion. The report analyzes data from the Oregon Medicaid Program which recently expanded it’s Medicaid program in 2008 through a lottery system. Data from the report indicates improvements in overall health, which is a small victory to Democrats who were ardent supporters of expanding the Medicaid program in the Affordable Care Act. But the bigger question of funding this expansion still looms, and many States are cutting their Medicaid due to budget constraints.
From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
In 2008, a group of uninsured low-income adults in Oregon was selected by lottery to be given the chance to apply for Medicaid. This lottery provides a unique opportunity to gauge the effects of expanding access to public health insurance on the health care use, financial strain, and health of low-income adults using a randomized controlled design. In the year after random assignment, the treatment group selected by the lottery was about 25 percentage points more likely to have insurance than the control group that was not selected.
The researchers found that in the first year of the lottery, the treatment group had substantively and statistically significantly higher health care utilization (including primary and preventive care as well as hospitalizations), lower out-of-pocket medical expenditures and medical debt (including fewer bills sent to collection), and better self-reported physical and mental health than the control group.
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