May 4, 2012
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.