Medicaid Managed Care and Health Care Access, Use, and Quality

What are the effects of recent expansions in Medicaid managed care on children’s ability to access and use care? Using longitudinal data from the National Survey of America’s Families and the Community Tracking Study, the researchers identified effects of managed care by looking at the changes in health care access and utilization over time. They examined the relationship between these changes and changes of the size of the Medicaid population covered by managed care. The objective of the project was to inform policymakers about how Medicaid managed care might affect health care access and use among children.