This study in Oregon compared 2 year results of those that were enrolled in Medicaid or not, based on a random lottery system. There were no difference between the groups in outcomes of chronic conditions, such as high cholesterol or HTN, but those with Medicaid were more likely to be diagnosed and treated for diabetes, were less likely to report depression, were more likely to have received preventive services, and were less likely to have catastrophic out-of-pocket expenses. There are some tangible benefits of gaining Medicaid coverage, but some of the effects may not be seen within 2 years (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.