Assessing the value for Medicaid program design of collecting self-reported health needs assessments

The Foundation's program, State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE), was designed to support research and evaluation of state health reform initiatives and develop an evidence base for future state and federal reform initiatives.A recent Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin provides a unique opportunity to assess whether self-reported health measures gathered from an existing enrollment system can provide programmatically useful information. In expanding Medicaid coverage to childless adults in 2009 via a waiver application, the state required that all applicants complete a self-reported health needs assessment in addition to the sociodemographic information typically required for program enrollment. This project will use the Wisconsin experience to assess the value of collecting self-reported health measures at the time of application -- a novel use of Medicaid enrollment systems -- for the purposes of predicting health care utilization and thereby informing prospective program design for childless adults in Medicaid. Deliverables will include an academic manuscript to be submitted for publication, with dissemination of the associated statistical code as well as products targeted at applied policy audiences, including policy reports, wiki contributions, and policy briefings.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $104,561.00

Awarded on: 6/28/2012

Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013

Grant Number: 70164


University of Illinois at Chicago

601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, 60607-7100


Lindsey Jeanne Leininger
Project Director