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Low-Income Children's Preventive Services Use: Implications of Parents' Medicaid Status

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Gifford, E; Weech-Maldonado, R; Short, P
Published in: Health Care Financing Review
June 1, 2005

This article examines the effect of parents' Medicaid status on the use of preventive health services by young children. Using data from the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), we analyzed a logit model for receipt of any well-child visits (WCVs) that compared three groups of low-income children. The three groups, defined by the joint insurance status of children and their parents, involved Medicaid pairs (both the child and the parent had Medicaid throughout the year), mixed pairs (the child had Medicaid and the parent was uninsured), and uninsured pairs (both child and parent were uninsured). Medicaid coverage for children was positively associated with receipt of any WCVs. However, the utilization effect of Medicaid coverage for children was significantly larger when the parent was also on Medicaid instead of being uninsured. Considering uninsured children with uninsured parents in 1996, enrolling only the children in Medicaid would have increased the percentage with WCVs from 29 to 43 percent according to simulations with the logit model. If the parents were enrolled in Medicaid as well, the percentage of children with any WCVs would have increased to 67 percent.

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Published In

Health Care Financing Review

ISSN

0195-8631

Publication Date

June 1, 2005

Volume

26

Issue

4

Start / End Page

81 / 94

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Preventive Health Services
  • Poverty
  • Parents
  • Medicaid
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Infant
  • Humans
  • Health Policy & Services
 

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Gifford, E., Weech-Maldonado, R., & Short, P. (2005). Low-Income Children's Preventive Services Use: Implications of Parents' Medicaid Status. Health Care Financing Review, 26(4), 81–94.
Gifford, E., Robert Weech-Maldonado, and Pamela Short. “Low-Income Children's Preventive Services Use: Implications of Parents' Medicaid Status.” Health Care Financing Review 26, no. 4 (June 1, 2005): 81–94.
Gifford E, Weech-Maldonado R, Short P. Low-Income Children's Preventive Services Use: Implications of Parents' Medicaid Status. Health Care Financing Review. 2005 Jun 1;26(4):81–94.
Gifford, E., et al. “Low-Income Children's Preventive Services Use: Implications of Parents' Medicaid Status.” Health Care Financing Review, vol. 26, no. 4, June 2005, pp. 81–94.
Gifford E, Weech-Maldonado R, Short P. Low-Income Children's Preventive Services Use: Implications of Parents' Medicaid Status. Health Care Financing Review. 2005 Jun 1;26(4):81–94.

Published In

Health Care Financing Review

ISSN

0195-8631

Publication Date

June 1, 2005

Volume

26

Issue

4

Start / End Page

81 / 94

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Preventive Health Services
  • Poverty
  • Parents
  • Medicaid
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Infant
  • Humans
  • Health Policy & Services