The Effect of Medicaid Spending, Health, and Well-Being

Health economist Katherine Baicker will give the 2017 Paul Offner Lecture, titled, The Effect of Medicaid Spending, Health, and Well-Being: Evidence and Implications for Reform.

With the future of Medicaid and public health insurance subsidies in flux, gauging the effects of public insurance on health care spending, financial security, and physical and mental health is crucial. However, these effects are notoriously difficult to assess because there are many differences between uninsured and insured populations that may affect health.

Baicker, dean of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, and colleagues used a rare opportunity in Oregon to conduct a randomized, controlled evaluation of the effects of Medicaid on a wide range of outcomes. She will present recent findings from this and other studies to shed light on the likely effects of health policy changes.

Baicker’s research focuses primarily on the factors that drive the distribution, generosity, and effectiveness of public and private health insurance. Her work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Health Affairs, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and she has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.

Event located at the Pyle Center, AT&T Lounge. Reception to follow.

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