Investigating Medicaid: How will the Poorest Patients Fare?

Published on
August 1, 2010

Health reform will greatly expand the existing Medicaid program to provide health care to millions more Americans below the poverty line. It seems like a good idea on its face, but under the current system, patients covered by Medicaid generally are the unhealthiest people in the country. It's a case where having insurance coverage does not necessarily mean that you have access to good care.

It begs the question: If we add more people to an already overloaded system, will this exacerbate existing problems?

With the help of the California Endowment's National Health Journalism Fellowship, I plan to examine the life-and-death shortcomings of Medicaid as a way of foreshadowing problems with its coming expansion.