Category: Steve Pizer

Does expanding Medicaid ‘worsen health care options’? We take a second look

April 11th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Steve Pizer 0 comments

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Steve Pizer, School of Public Health

We recently checked a claim by Sen. Ted Cruz on expanding Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor…

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…is aware of  “no evidence that Medicaid expansions have moved people involuntarily off private insurance. … Employer-sponsored insurance has been declining, but not as a result of Medicaid expansions. The causation probably runs the other way: Declining employer-sponsored insurance creates financial pressure on hospitals which push for Medicaid expansions.”

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Numbers at odds in Medicaid expansion debate

February 20th, 2013 in 2013, News & Observer, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Steve Pizer 0 comments

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Steve Pizer, School of Public Health

Lawmakers are poised to deny health coverage to 500,000 people under a measure making its way through the N.C. General Assembly, but the rationale for the move remains hotly contested…

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“If you are in a state with relatively restrictive Medicaid and relatively high uninsured rates, which is kind of true for North Carolina, … when you expand it you pick up more uninsured people and fewer on private insurance.”

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