Dr. Benitez is a health services researcher specializing in health economics and empirical policy analysis. His broader interests are the effects of public policy on access to care for medically underserved populations. His current research focuses on Medicaid’s utility as a safety net program for households affected by job loss. Dr. Benitez’s research has been published in Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Medical Care, and Medical Care Research and Review.
Benitez completed his Ph.D. in Health Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His doctoral dissertation was funded by an R36 Dissertation Award from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) to study the long-run health effects of Medically Underserved Area and Health Professional Shortage Area designations. He earned an MPH from the University of Kentucky, and holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia.