According to a fascinating July 7New York Times report, a new study published by the National Journal of Economic Research provides "historic" evidence of the difference that having Medicaid insurance makes in the lives of poor Americans. The findings show that having Medicaid makes beneficiaries more likely to:
- see the same doctor;
- monitor cholesterol, blood pressure and other vital signs;
- utilize preventive screening methods like mammograms;
- pay medical medical bills without sacrificing other essentials;
- feel better about themselves and their health.
The one thing that they were less likely to do was worry. (I wonder why?) Thanks to the unique circumstances and design of the study, which are detailed in the Times article, its results are considered highly reliable. An important study and a great article!