Date of Award

1-1-2013

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Department

Health Services and Policy Management

First Advisor

Janice C Probst

Abstract

Times of severe economic flux may burdend individuals at differing levels. The Great Recession affected individuals differently by racial group. Vulnerable individuals who may already be burdened by economic strains and health disparities may benefit from state policies that work to improve the health and health care access of individuals. Medicaid Generosity for parents or childless adults is associated with differences in individuals' health status and reporting forgone medical care. Individuals in states that have higher levels of Medicaid eligibility defined as eligibility in relation to the percent of the Federal Poverty Level report lower levels of poor or fair self-reported health status and lower rates of reporting forgone medical care. State policy makers should investigate these associations when considering modification to their states Medicaid Policies.

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