How does health insurance affect health care use and health outcomes for low-income adults? Evidence from Oregon's health insurance lottery

This grant will support the work of a research team to study the causal impact of health insurance coverage on the physical and mental health of low-income adults. The study will take advantage of a unique opportunity presented by a lottery that Oregon is using to enroll low-income adults into its Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan. The lottery acts as a randomized experiment, allowing the research team to establish a causal link between insurance coverage, the quantity and quality of care received, and their impact on enrollees' health. As deliverables, the grantee will produce a number of scholarly articles, policy briefs and a capstone book.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $2,498,915.00

Awarded on: 10/27/2008

Time frame: 11/15/2008 - 11/14/2011

Grant Number: 64964


State of Oregon, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Health Policy and Research

General Services Building
1225 Ferry Street, S.E., 1st Floor
Salem, 97310-1300


Katherine Baicker
Project Director


Amy Nadya Finkelstein
Project Director


Jeanene A. Smith
Project Director