Medicaid: out-of-pocket expenses and access to care.
Kaiser's Samantha Artiga and Molly O'Malley examined 13 studies done in seven states from 2001 to 2005. Oregon provided a striking example of lost access to care: In 2003, the state increased Medicaid premiums for poor adults to between $6 and $20 and eliminated waivers for the homeless. Enrollment dropped by roughly 50,000 people--almost hall of those on Medicaid. Sixty-seven percent of those dropped from the rolls became uninsured after that, and Oregon recorded an increase in emergency-room use by uninsured patients, as well as increased pressure on clinics.
The 27-page report can be found online at http://www.kff.org/medicaid/7322.cfm or by requesting publication number 7322 from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured at 202.347.5270 or 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.
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|Publication:||AIDS Treatment News|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||May 27, 2005|
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