John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management, HKS and HSPH; Professor of Health Care Policy, HMS
The article focuses on a study which examined the effects of the expanding Medicaid coverage for low-income adults in the U.S. using the 2008 Medicaid expansion in Oregon. Results revealed no significant
effect of the coverage on the prevalence or diagnosis of hypertension
or high cholesterol levels or on the use of medication for the
conditions. It concludes that the coverage generated no significant
improvements in measured physical health outcomes in its first two
years of implementation.
Baicker, Katherine, Sarah L. Taubman, Heidi L. Allen, Heidi L., Mira Bernstein, Jonathan H. Gruber, Joseph P. Newhouse, Eric C. Schneider, Bill J. Wright, Alan Zaslavsky, and Amy N. Finkelstein. "The Oregon Experiment -- Effects of Medicaid on Clinical Outcomes." New England Journal of Medicine 368.18 (May 2013): 1713-1722.