Insuring the Uninsured: Evaluating the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment
April 6, 2014 | Publication | Policy Research

Covering the uninsured with Medicaid increases the use of healthcare, diminishes financial strain, and reduces depression, according to a brief from the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. The brief evaluates the Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research’s Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, which expanded Medicaid coverage to a  limited number of individuals selected by a lottery. The Oregon Health Experiment was supported by MacArthur. The brief states also that Medicaid improved self-reported health, but had no statistically significant effect on physical health measures.