What the Growing Medicaid Undercount Means for Data Users and Policymakers
SHADAC hosted a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, April 5th to discuss the rising Medicaid undercount. With many states and stakeholders eager to understand the topic further, this webinar provided an overview of issues related to the Medicaid undercount along with relevant policy implications. View a recording of this webinar below!
The extent to which, how, and why 2021 coverage data underestimated Medicaid coverage and/or overestimated uninsurance
The data and methodology used to calculate the undercount
How policy and advocacy may be impacted by the growing Medicaid undercount
The panel also answered questions from the audience following their presentation. Due to time constraints, the panelists were unable to answer all audience-submitted questions live. Please click here to view those additional Q&A.
Dr. Lynn Blewett is the Founding Director of SHADAC, as well as a Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, where she teaches graduate courses on the U.S. health care system and international health systems. Her health policy experience includes legislative work for the U.S. Senate and state policy work as Director of the Health Economics Program for the Minnesota Department of Health.
Dr. Benjamin Sommers is a health economist, primary care physician, and professor. Dr. Sommers currently serves as a Senior Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy. He is also the Huntley Quelch Professor of Health Care Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research interests include health insurance markets, Medicaid, health disparities, and the health care safety net.
Robert Hest is a Senior Research Fellow at SHADAC. Mr. Hest provides expertise in survey data, quantitative data analysis, data visualization, and health coverage policy. Mr. Hest also manages SHADAC’s State Health Compare website, coordinating data processing, quality assurance, dissemination, and documentation of data. In addition, Mr. Hest provides technical assistance to states and other organizations on topics related to health coverage, cost, and access.
Co-Director and Senior Fellow @Urban Institute
Genevieve M. Kenney is co-Director and a Senior Fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Dr. Kenney is an expert on Medicaid, CHIP, and health outcomes for low-income adults, children, and families. She has also played a lead role in a number of Medicaid and CHIP evaluations, including multiple congressionally mandated evaluations of CHIP, and has conducted state-level evaluations of the implementation of managed care and other service delivery reform initiatives and policy changes in Medicaid and CHIP.
Executive Director @Georgetown University Center for Children and Families
Joan Alker is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and a Research Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. She is a nationally recognized expert on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and is the lead author of CCF’s annual report on children’s health coverage trends.