Announcements SHADAC Data Center Now Includes 2011 Current Population Survey (CPS) and SHADAC-Enhanced CPS
The SHADAC Data Center has been updated to include calendar year 2011 insurance coverage estimates for the CPS and SHADAC-Enhanced CPS. The 2010 estimates have also been revised to incorporate the new 2010 Census-based weights released by the Census Bureau. Visit the SHADAC Data Center.
Joanna Turner Highlights SHADAC's Work at Census Bureau Health Statistics Forum
SHADAC Senior Research Fellow Joanna Turner spoke at the U.S. Census Bureau’s Health Statistics Forum on October 17, 2012, in Suitland, Maryland. Ms. Turner’s presentation, “Using Federal Survey Data to Inform State Health Policy,” provided an overview of the key federal survey data sources and data products used at SHADAC; the SHADAC data enhancements that are relevant to health policy; and the policy questions SHADAC helps states answer. Ms. Turner also discussed SHADAC’s efforts to disseminate data in a user-friendly manner via the SHADAC Data Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation DataHub. The full list of presentations from the Health Statistics Forum can be found here.
Lynn Blewett Speaks about Access to Coverage at Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture Series
SHADAC Director Lynn Blewett spoke on October 17, 2012, at the Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Lecture Series at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Blewett spoke on a panel addressing the implications of the Affordable Care Act for women’s health. View Dr. Blewett's presentation, “Access Provisions in the Affordable Care Act.”
SHADAC at American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting
SHADAC Faculty Dr. Kathleen Call will present at the 2012 APHA Annual Meeting, which takes place in San Francisco, CA, from October 27-31. Dr. Call will speak on a panel titled "Barriers and Challenges to Health Care Access," on October 29 at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Call's presentation, "Delayed and foregone care among low-income insured adults: Does the magnitude of perceived problems create barriers to accessing healthcare?" will discuss the correlation between reports of provider discrimination and perceived barriers to care and reports of delayed or unmet medical needs among a group of low-income, ethnically diverse adults enrolled in public healthcare programs.
Dr. Call will also speak at an APHA adjunct forum hosted by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health titled “The Affordable Care Act: Obstacles and Opportunities.” The forum will take place on October 29, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. EDT at the Marines Memorial Club Hotel. Other speakers at the forum will include Dr. John Finnegan, Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and Dr. Jean Abraham, Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, who serves as a faculty adviser to the SHARE initiative.
SHARE News SHARE Brief: Lessons from Maryland's Use of Tax Information to Identify and Enroll Eligible Kids in Medicaid/CHIP
SHARE grantee David Idala, Director of Medicaid Policy Studies at The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, released a final report from his SHARE funded evaluation of Maryland’s effort to identify and enroll eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP using information from state tax forms. The report, “Lessons from the Implementation of the Maryland Kids First Act,” highlights key findings from the study and explores the factors that facilitated the outreach effort as well as the key challenges that Maryland faced as it implemented the initiative. The authors point out that the Affordable Care Act provides a historic opportunity for states to access federal tax return data to support initiatives similar to Maryland’s.
SHARE Grantees Present at University of Chicago Law School
Amanda Kowalski, Assistant Professor of Economics at Yale University, and Jonathan Kolstad, Assistant Professor at The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, presented findings from their SHARE-funded research at a University of Chicago Law School conference on October 12, 2012. The event, “Conference on the Future of Health Care Reform in the U.S.,” brought together researchers from around to country to discuss the legal and economic implications of the Affordable Care Act for future reforms. Dr. Kowalski and Dr. Kolstad are Co-Principal Investigators of a SHARE study examining health reform as carried out in Massachusetts as a way to understand adverse selection, labor markets, financial risk, and uninsurance. They spoke on a panel titled “Coverage Expansion and Market Reform.”
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Profiles Work of SHARE Grantee Lindsey Leininger
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) profiled SHARE grantee Lindsey Leininger, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in an October 10th news item. The article discussed Dr. Leininger's work as an RWJF Health and Society Scholar along with her SHARE-funded research examining the use of self-reported health measures from Wisconsin Medicaid applicants to predict future health care utilization and costs. Dr. Leininger emphasized the importance of building an evidence base for reform based on collaborative efforts between researchers and state officials: “The Foundation has allowed us to leverage the data resources and the relationship we’ve built with Medicaid agency officials to create a tremendous body of knowledge about health care reform.”
Amanda Kowalski Presents SHARE Research at Yale Law School
Amanda Kowalski, Assistant Professor of Economics at Yale University, spoke about her SHARE-sponsored research on a public panel on October 10, 2012, at Yale Law School. The panel, “The Economy and the Election,” was moderated by Yale President Richard C. Levin and focused on taxes, spending, and the economics of healthcare. Dr. Kowalski’s presentation focused on what the lessons from health reform in Massachusetts imply about the likely impact of the Affordable Care Act if implemented as under current law, touching specifically on implications for coverage and preventive care, the labor market, and adverse selection in the individual health insurance market. A webcast of the event is available on Yale’s LiveStream channel.
SHARE Conference updates
Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) 2012 Fall Research Conference, November 8-10, in Baltimore, MD:
SHARE grantee John Graves, Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will present "Geographic Variation in Insurance Coverage Dynamics." This presentation will focus on Dr. Graves' SHARE funded work investigating whether cross-sectional variation in coverage is explained by differences in the incidence or the duration of uninsured spells.
Tom DeLeire, Director of the LaFollete School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present on findings from research building on his first SHARE-funded project. His presentation, "The Effect of Public Insurance on the Labor Supply of Childless Adults," will address the effect of public health insurance coverage of childless adults on labor supply, both in terms of the probability of being employed and the level of earnings in the workforce.
Staff Updates Kristin Dybdal Joins SHADAC as Senior Research Fellow
SHADAC is happy to welcome Kristin Dybdal to the SHADAC team. Kristin will be a Senior Research Fellow working on a variety of projects. She brings with her a range of state policy and analysis expertise as well as valuable experience in the public and private sector. Kristin has an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA from Carlton College. She most recently was the Assistant Commissioner/State Budget Director for the State of Minnesota in the Minnesota Management & Budget Department. She also worked for United HealthGroup as the Director of Medicaid Financial Programs.
New SHADAC Research Coordinator: Amy Potthoff Anderson
SHADAC is pleased to announce that Amy Potthoff Anderson will be joining our staff in November as a research coordinator. Amy is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where she is pursuing a master’s of science in Public Health Administration in Policy with a focus on program evaluation. She brings a wealth of hands-on experience to her new role, and we are glad to have her on board!
News from the States Brief Analyzes Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Michigan
In a brief titled, "The ACA's Medicaid Expansion: Michigan Impact--State Budgetary Estimates and Other Impacts," authors from the University of Michigan Center for Health Care Research and Transformation (CHRT) explore the financial, coverage, health, and economic impacts of the 2014 Medicaid expansion in Michigan. Citing estimates from the SHADAC Data Center that 1.2 million Michigan residents will be newly-eligible for Medicaid in 2014, the authors calculate several take-up scenarios for this group. Ultimately, they estimate that if Michigan does opt to expand Medicaid in 2014, the state will have an additional 289,000 Medicaid recipients in 2014 and 620,000 over current enrollment by 2020.
Gorman & Gruber Impact Analysis: Health Reform in Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Commerce commissioned Gorman Actuarial and Dr. Jonathan Gruber to conduct an analysis of the impact of federal health reform on Minnesota, projecting the effect on insurance coverage, pricing, and budgets in the state. The final report from Gorman Actuarial and Dr. Gruber, “The Impact of the ACA and Exchange on Minnesota,” presents the results of various actuarial and economic modeling exercises that consider the implications of establishing a Basic Health Plan (BHP) for both low income households and the state government.
Resources Updated State-Level Wireless Substitution Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released a report, “Wireless Substitution: State-Level Estimates from the 2010-2011 National Health Interview Survey,” providing updated state-level estimates of the percentage of adults and children living in wireless-only households. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is the most widely-cited source for data on the ownership and use of wireless phones. The present report updates estimates through December 2011. Estimates are presented for wireless-only households, wireless-mostly households, dual-use households, landline-mostly households, and landline-only households.
National Governors Association (NGA) Launches Virtual Health Resource Center
NGA launched a new website, "State Health Policy Options," to serve as a virtual resource center for state policymakers as they address a variety of health policy issues. For a given issue, the site offers policy options for states; case studies of state-led efforts; federal regulations, guidance and grant opportunities for states; and expert sources with subject matter expertise. The site also includes a "Data Tools" section with links to resources and tools that provide detailed and up-to-date data on various state-related health policy topics.
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Updates Exchange Map
NCSL has updated its interactive map, "State Action to Address Health Insurance Exchanges." NCSL reports that, as of October 2, 2012, ten states and the District of Columbia enacted legislation to establish state-based health insurance exchanges and four states have established an exchange by executive order. (Governors in New Jersey (2012) and New Mexico (2011) vetoed establishment bills passed by the legislature. Massachusetts and Utah passed laws prior to the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010.)
SHADAC's Blog: Highlighted Post "Medicaid Expansion: Out of the Woodwork or onto the Welcome Mat?" This blog entry, from SHADAC Director Lynn Blewett, examines the health policy concept referred to as the "woodwork effect." Dr. Blewett explores the woodwork effect as a phenomenon and highlights the negative connotations of its current label, ultimately calling for the use of a new term, the "welcome mat effect."
SHADAC is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help states monitor rates of health insurance coverage and to understand factors associated with uninsurance. Visit us online at www.shadac.org
SHARE is a National Program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund, synthesize and disseminate evaluations of state health reform. SHARE operates out of SHADAC. For more information, visit SHARE's web site, www.statereformevaluation.org.
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