Health Care Systems and Services

Commentary

Across the country, changes to Medicaid policy are under way. They hold the potential to dramatically alter the landscape of health care for millions of low-income individuals.

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In a recent opinion in The Milbank Quarterly, Dr. Lantz builds on insights from her P4A research portfolio to articulate concerns about the recent "medicalization" of population health within the health care system and its limits in making substantial improvements in population health.

How State Medicaid Policy Influences Billing for "Free Care" in Public Schools

In 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance to allow providers in educational settings to seek Medicaid reimbursement for free preventive services covered by the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit provided to Medicaid-enrolled children. However, following CMS’ announcement, states retained policies restricting reimbursement for these services.

Does Medicaid Expansion Improve Maternal and Infant Health?

Recent media reports have highlighted startling trends in U.S. maternal health with stark differences across racial and ethnic groups. Maternal deaths associated with pregnancy and childbirth are high when compared to other developed countries and have increased substantially over the last two decades.

How will Work Requirements in Medicaid Affect Low-Income Families?

While multiple studies show a positive association between employment status and improved physical and mental health, it is unclear whether this relationship is causal. Building on work in Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas, the research team will analyze the effects of Medicaid work requirements on coverage rates, access to care, and employment among low-income adults.

Did the ACA Affect Mortality and Survival?

Numerous studies have documented the ACA’s positive effects on coverage, access, and health care quality, but changes in mortality have not yet been rigorously assessed. Using data from a variety of sources, the team will assess the relationship between coverage expansion and population changes in mortality over time.

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Peter Jacobson of the University of Michigan research hub writes on Harvard Law's Bill of Health blog that while legal mandates are not necessary to carrying out HiAP (Health in All Policies) initiatives, political support for them is.