Meet the Author: Changes in utilization and health among low income adults after medicaid expansion or expanded private insurance


Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD,

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics, Harvard T.H, Chan School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, Assistant Professor of Medicine Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Summary of Session Goals:

This session examines the effects of the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of health insurance to low-income adults, using a survey of nearly 10,000 residents in three states taking very different approaches to the law: Kentucky, which expanded coverage using Medicaid; Arkansas, which offered low-income adults free private insurance under the so-called “private option”; and Texas, which chose not to expand.

Learning Objectives:

1. Assess the impacts of Medicaid expansion on access to care, utilization, preventive and chronic care, and self-reported health 2. Compare the advantages and disadvantages between expanding coverage to low-income adults via traditional Medicaid versus private health insurance 3. Identify some of the clinical and policy challenges related to changes in health insurance over time (“churning”) under the Affordable Care Act

Sponsor: Clinical Directors Network, Inc. (CDN), and the N2 PBRN Virtual Training Series (AHRQ, Grant No.1P30-HS-021667) Date/Time: Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

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