Presentation on theme: "The Costs and Consequences of Unstable Health Insurance Coverage Jennifer N. Edwards, Dr.P.H. The Commonwealth Fund June 27, 2005."— Presentation transcript:
The Costs and Consequences of Unstable Health Insurance Coverage Jennifer N. Edwards, Dr.P.H. The Commonwealth Fund June 27, 2005
The Problem Unstable health insurance affects access to care; use of services, especially preventive care; and out-of- pocket spending Burden disproportionately falls on low- income families, young adults, and minorities Health plans, state programs, and providers incur costs of re-enrollment, unpaid bills, and less effective care due to disruptions
Questions to be answered by this panel How has the churning problem changed since earlier studies? Who is effected? What are the costs to plans, state programs, and families when children in public programs churn? What have leading states done to reduce churning?
The Panel Sherry Glied, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Laura Summer, MPH, Senior Researcher, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University Gerry Fairbrother, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Policy & Clinical Effectiveness, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center Vicky Grant, PhD, MSW, Vice President for Policy and Program Strategies, Southern Institute on Children and Families