New Study: Utilization Effects of the 1966 and 2014 Coverage Expansions

Last week, colleagues and I published a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine based on analyses of large health surveys conducted around the time of the implementation of Medicare/Medicaid in 1966 and the Affordable Care Act in 2014.  Overall, we demonstrated that these expansions led to shifts in hospital utilization towards newly covered populations, but no net overall increase from either coverage expansion—a finding with important ramifications for today’s debate about the cost of universal coverage.

We published an op-ed about our work in the Boston Globe, and the study was additionally covered by Reuters,  Morning Consult, and other outlets.

Also this kind shout-out from Rep. Pramila Jayapal!