Giovann Alarcon presented, "Establishing a Baseline for the Affordable Care Act: How accessible and affordable has health care been in Minnesota previous to the ACA?" at the Eighteenth Annual Minnesota Health Services Research Conference on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Giovann provided an overview of two important outcomes to monitor under the ACA: health care access and affordability.
Joanna Turner presented, "Medicaid Undercount in the American Community Survey: How does Minnesota Compare with other States?" at the Minnesota Health Services Research Conference on March 4, 2014. The objective of her presentation is to evaluate the Medicaid undercount in the American Community Survey (ACS) including state variation and comparisons to previous results studying the undercount in other federal surveys.
The impact of the ACA Medicaid expansion on health care coverage and access in rural areas is largely unknown and will depend on both the different state policy contexts in which the expansions are implemented and existing system capacity.
Understanding how many rural residents are likely to become newly eligible for Medicaid under the ACA, as well as their characteristics and health status, will provide important information to aid policymakers in structuring outreach and enrollment strategies and ensuring that the healthcare infrastructure and delivery systems in rural areas can address the needs of these individuals.
Dr. Erika Ziller, Deputy Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center at the University of Southern Maine, is conducting research under a SHARE grant to inform federal and state implementation of the Medicaid expansion by estimating the size and characteristics of rural residents likely to be newly eligible.
On a SHARE webinar on March 18, 2014, Dr. Ziller will present nationally representative information to federal and state policymakers identifying rural-urban differences among low-income non-elderly adults (18 to 65) in the following areas:
Medicaid eligibility, pre-ACA
Medicaid participation, pre-ACA
New Medicaid eligibility in 2014
Dr. Ziller will also analyze the characteristics associated with any rural-urban differences in the above areas. Characteristics to be considered include age, gender, employment, education, income, Census region, health status, current relationship to primary care provider, primary care supply, and FQHC availability).
For further information about this event, please contact Carrie Au-Yeung at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-2492.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota