Medicaid Expansion Meant Better Health for Most Vulnerable Adults, U-M Study Finds

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Tue, July 14, 2020

A new study and report show the impact of Michigan’s safety-net health coverage, and could inform states that are now considering or preparing for expansion. 

Writing in the new issue of JAMA Network Open, a team from the University of Michigan reports the results of a survey that asked more than 3,000 enrollees in the Healthy Michigan Plan about their health, at two time points a year apart. The new paper adds to a growing body of evidence about the impacts of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion, compiled by a team from the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation with funding from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The IHPI team just unveiled a summary of findings based on the final report from the first five years of their evaluation of the Healthy Michigan Plan. The new paper is the latest in a series of peer-reviewed, data-driven articles that the team has published in academic journals based on their evaluation work. The new paper’s lead author is Minal Patel, Ph.D., M.P.H.  CBSSM's Jeffrey Kullgren and Susan Goold are co-authors on the study.