Research Report Health Care Market Competition in Six States
Implications for the Poor
Randall R. Bovbjerg, Jill A. Marsteller
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Price competition seems to have increased health insurance coverage for low-income people by giving Medicaid agencies better value for their money, according to this paper. Many states have used these savings to expand eligibility for Medicaid or other public coverage. On the other hand, this new competition also threatens hospitals? traditional ability to support charity care. The most important emerging policy issue identified is how to weave a competition-era safety net for the growing share of poor Americans who lack coverage.
Research Areas Health and health care Social safety net
Tags Health insurance Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program