Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Mixed Results from the Most Significant Study in Medicaid History

From The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment Website via Austin Frakt

The most important study in American health policy in decades, the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, published two-year results Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. If you’re reading up on the topic, get ready for bombastic claims and scorching heat as opposed to illuminating light. The quick read leads to an easy Drudge headline – “MEDICAID DOESN’T MAKE PEOPLE HEALTHIER: OBAMACARE WILL FAIL!” – but a fuller reading of the evidence provides a more optimistic, and honest, take.

In 2008, Oregon had 90,000 individuals who wanted to enroll in its Medicaid program, but the funding to enroll only a fraction. So it decided to use the opportunity to create an unparalleled experiment: the first Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) – the gold standard research methodology that is able to isolate the causal effect of an intervention – in Medicaid history. It endeavored to show nothing less than the actual, causal effect that Medicaid has on its population, a first in the field.

This study, in other words, is a big, big deal.

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  1 comment for “Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Mixed Results from the Most Significant Study in Medicaid History

  1. Gertie Bubolz
    June 22, 2013 at 1:40 am

    health insurance is very important because it gives us a level of security during times of need.:’*.

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