Publicly-funded programs that cover medical and long-term care for low-income adults, children, and people with disabilities. Medicaid expansion is one of the central tools to increase insurance coverage rates through the Affordable Care Act.

Appointment Availability after Increases in Medicaid Payments for Primary Care

Jan. 13, 2015

Daniel Polsky, Michael Richards, Simon Basseyn, Douglas Wissoker, Genevieve M. Kenney, Stephen Zuckerman and Karin V. Rhodes

In the New England Journal of Medicine, LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky and colleagues show that the increase in Medicaid reimbursement for primary care providers, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was associated with a 7.7 percentage point increase in new patient appointment availability without longer wait times. The results are from a new 10-state study and provide the first research-based evaluation of the association between the ACA’s two-year Medicaid fee bump — for which federal funding expired on December 31, 2014 — and appointment availability for...

Ongoing Challenges in Access to Care in Medicaid Managed Care

Dec. 12, 2014

A recent report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found significant ongoing challenges in access to care for enrollees in Medicaid managed care (MMC). Through “mystery shopper” calls to 1,800 primary care and specialty care providers on state provider lists, OIG found that only 49% of providers offered an appointment across 32 states. Primary care providers offered appointments at a lower rate (44%) than specialty care providers (57%).

Storified! Health Care Reform in 2015

Oct. 11, 2014

We've gathered a collection of live tweets from our joint PennLDI-Wharton Public Policy Institute event held October 9.  Three panels of researchers and policymakers shared results and insights about how the research could help improve implementation of health care reform. 

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Photo Page: SUMR14 at The Morris Arboretum

Jul. 31, 2014
Photography by Hoag Levins and Megan Pellegrino [Click images for larger] Lounging in the 50-foot-high nets (above left) that provide a bird's eye view of a heavily wooded section of the Morris Arboretum are Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars Sarah Appeadu, Nehanda Khemet, Karena Taylor, Shamarlon Yates, Siya Ndwandwe and Tyler Chavez. Above right, Arboretum guide Jim Diamond explains the Katsura tree, a 90-foot high, 67-foot wide botanical behemoth imported from Japan in the early 1900s. Originally created in the 1880s for the personal pleasure of two heirs to a...

Medicaid Reform, New York Style

Nov. 16, 2013

New York State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah, MD, MPH gave the Samuel Martin III Memorial Lecture yesterday at the Leonard Davis Institute, and described New York’s ongoing plans to improve health outcomes while containing the growth of Medicaid costs. The investments might surprise you, as they lie beyond the usual borders of the health care system. Shah calls it the Health-In-All-Policies Approach.