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  •  I may not be the most impartial reviewer... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...But I am one of the study's authors.  I'm happy to answer questions if you like.

    Just to be clear, the full study is far from an indictment of Medicaid.  We actually found all sorts of important impacts of Medicaid -- financial protection, access to care,  more preventive care, and dramatically reduced depression.  People were also more likely to have their diabetes detected and treated.  These are all important things.

    We looked at a few specific clinical indicators of physical health and did not find differences.  We did not rule out that those differences might appear over a longer time period.  We chose those because they were ambulatory care sensitive conditions that earlier studies had suggested might be amenable to improved access in the time frame we had for the study.  

    I'll do my best to answer questions if you have any.  End of a long day, but I may still have a little left in me.  

    Soon we shall invent a method of being born from an idea. But enough, I shall write no more from the underground... --Fyodor Dostoevsky

    by Last Call on Thu May 02, 2013 at 08:52:37 PM PDT

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