The future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program

by Steffani Bailey The future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the United States is uncertain after 2017. If not reauthorized or similar funding is not available after that date, getting health insurance coverage for some children could be difficult, which in turn, could impact their access to healthcare. This study examined patterns of healthcare utilization among children after Oregon’s 2009-2010 Children’s Health Insurance Program expansion. Using electronic health record data from 154 Oregon community health centers and Medicaid/CHIP data from the state of Oregon, we conducted a study of pediatric patients who gained public insurance coverage during...

Conclusion of Assessing a Medicaid Randomized Insurance Experiment within Community Clinics

By Heather Angier Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk can be reduced through early detection, yet disparities persist in receipt of these services. Oregon Health & Science University and OCHIN, Inc. (not an acronym) conducted a five-year study to better understand the impact gaining Medicaid had on CVD prevention. The study was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (R01 HL107647 04); Principal Investigator: Jennifer E DeVoe. We utilized the Oregon Experiment, a policy that offered uninsured adults a random chance to apply for Oregon Health Plan [(OHP); Oregon’s Medicaid) coverage, to conduct this research study. The Oregon Experiment included...