Research Updates


Research Update: Uninsured Children with Mental Health Emergencies Experience Higher Odds of Hospital Transfer – September 20, 2019

We examine a study from researchers at the University of California Davis’ Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, which uses a national data sample from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project 2014 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) to investigate the association between types of child health coverage and hospital decisions to admit or transfer patients (under 18) in cases where the child or adolescent was presenting with a mental health concern.

Research Update: State Differences in Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) – September 3, 2019

We unpack a new study published by researchers at the Urban Institute on state variation in Medicaid prescriptions for buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) from 2011 to 2018.

Research Update: New Study on Medicaid Fee Bump on Prenatal Care Utilization – July 29, 2019

A study found that a temporary increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care in 2013-2014 increased utilization of prenatal care among expectant mothers, particularly among non-Hispanic Black/African American women.

Research Update: Medicaid Expansion Associated with Decrease in Cases of Reported Child Neglect – July 22, 2019

We unpack a study that found Medicaid expansion was associated with reductions in the number of reported cases of child neglect.

Research Update: A Spotlight on Children’s Oral Health – May 10, 2019

We examine studies that show there continue to be disparities in access to child preventive oral health services, and providing dental benefits to parents may have a positive impact on children’s use of dental services.

Research Update: Evidence Suggests Medicaid Expansion Increases Access to Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder – January 31, 2019

A new research report supported by NIH/NIA funding suggests that Medicaid expansion increases access to treatment for opioid use disorder through addiction therapies and prescription medications.


Research Update: Evidence Continues to Build on Medicaid’s Role Promoting Economic Security – July 9, 2018

We examine studies that confirm Medicaid has a large role in promoting economic security.

Research Update: How Has Medicaid Expansion Impacted Workers? – July 5, 2018

The studies we reviewed found there may be links between the Medicaid expansion and trends in employer-sponsored insurance, labor force participation and employment.

Research Update: Uninsured Rate for Adults in Non-Expansion States Continues to Increase, Expanding Medicaid Could Reverse The Trend – May 24, 2018

We unpack studies that show expanding Medicaid could reverse the growing gap in the uninsured rate of adults in non-expansion states compared to expansion states.

Research Update: The Young Child Undercount in the Census – April 4, 2018

We read studies on the well-documented and long standing issue of the child undercount in the census.

Research Update: Medicaid Pulls Americans Out Of Poverty, Updated Edition – March 8, 2018

Increasing access to Medicaid for families may be one way to reduce poverty. Research shows that Medicaid helps pull families out of poverty by providing access to affordable health coverage and lowering out-of-pocket costs.

Research Update: Early Evidence on Medicaid Expansion’s Important Role Fighting Cancer – March 1, 2018

We unpack studies showing new evidence that the Medicaid expansion is contributing to the fight against cancer.

Research Update: Can Parents in Non-Expansion States Meet a Work Requirement and Remain Medicaid-Eligible? – February 16, 2018

A new study examines whether it is possible for parents in non-expansion states to meet both a state’s income eligibility threshold and a potential work requirement.

Research Update: The Links Between Medicaid and Schools in the Data and Research – January 30, 2018

We examine research that shows Medicaid may increase school readiness and lower absenteeism for children.

Research Update: How Medicaid Coverage for Parents Benefits Children – January 12, 2018

Medicaid coverage for parents leads to coverage increases and improved health outcomes for children.


Research Update: Health Care Expenses from Families’ Budgets to Federal Budgets – December 21, 2017

We examine how health coverage eases financial pressures on families’ budgets and how children fare in federal expenditures.

Research Update: Checking Up on Utilization and Providers After the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion – December 8, 2017

There is evidence that the expansion increased access and utilization of health care, led to an increase in smoking cessation, and increased the share of patients that physicians saw covered through Medicaid.

Research Update: Medicaid Pulls Americans Out Of Poverty – November 20, 2017

This week, I am reading a study on one of my favorite topics: the poverty rate. In 2016, about 13% of the population lived in poverty.

Research Update: Affordability and Economic Security Thanks to Medicaid – November 13, 2017

CCF’s last research update focused on families’ increase in economic security after the Medicaid expansion. This week, I would like to build on the research presented last time.

Research Update: Economic Security After the Medicaid Expansion – October 30, 2017

Readers of Say Ahhh! know that Medicaid coverage increases economic security for families. This week, I am reading studies specifically on the Medicaid expansion and how it contributes to economic security.

Research Update: Health Care in Rural and Urban America – October 20, 2017

CCF is starting a new series on research in health policy. I will regularly highlight some of the new research that I have been reading. This week, I am reading studies comparing health care and poverty in rural and urban parts of the country.