The Health and Cost Consequences of Interruptions in Medicaid Enrollment


Relatively little is known about how instability in health insurance coverage affects people's health, or what the cost consequences are for public insurance programs and the health system overall. For this project, researchers will examine California hospital discharge data to investigate whether interruptions in Medicaid coverage are associated with a higher rate of hospital admissions, deaths, or costs for medical conditions that could have been prevented with early primary care. The findings will help federal and state policymakers who are currently weighing policy options—including changes in Medicaid enrollment policy and higher premiums—to control the program's escalating costs.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Regents of the University of California
Principal Investigator:
Andrew B. Bindman
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 11, 2006
Related Topics
Health Care Coverage

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