Briefs & Reports

Kaiser Commission partners with HMA to study “childless adults” in Medicaid

Jack Meyer, PhD,Dennis Roberts,Esther Reagan

The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured recently partnered with HMA to conduct a new study comparing the utilization patterns and clinical conditions of low-income childless adults in Medicaid with low-income parents and non-elderly adults in Medicaid.

Using Arizona Medicaid claims data, the study – Health Care Use and Chronic Conditions Among Childless Adult Medicaid Enrollees in Arizona focuses on high-users of health services, and their chronic illnesses and co-morbidities.

The study will help state Medicaid programs better understand and prepare for the health care use and needs of the millions of uninsured adults without dependent children – “childless adults” – who will be newly eligible for Medicaid in 2014.

Jack Meyer, Dennis Roberts and Esther Reagan led the HMA project team with assistance from University of Maryland Professor Karoline Mortensen and HMA research assistants Abby Kahn and Chris Wolff.

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