The Value of Medicaid

An editorial published on July 17, 2011 in the New York Times underscores the value of Medicaid. The editorial notes that recent claims that Medicaid patients receive poor care have been refuted by a recent randomized controlled trial conducted in Oregon. The study is being published by the National Bureau of Economic Research and was conducted under the leadership of Katherine Backer, a Harvard health economics professor who was an advisor to President George W. Bush, and Amy Finkelstein, an economics professor at M.I.T. The study showed that those people who were covered by Medicaid in Oregon (versus a group that did not have coverage) were more likely to receive medical care and to have a regular doctor. They were also more likely to report better health. Hear more about the study here.