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Poverty & Social Policy Seminar: "Measuring the Impact of Health Insurance Benefits on Poverty" (October 10th)

  • Columbia School of Social Work 255 Amsterdam Avenue, Room 705 New York, NY 10027 (map)
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The Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University invites you to a
Poverty & Social Policy Brown Bag Seminar with Sanders Korenman, Professor, Marxe School of Public and International  Affairs, Baruch College, Dhalia Remler, Professor, Marxe School of Public and International  Affairs, Baruch College, and
Rosemary Hyson, Research Scientist, Marxe School of Public and International  Affairs, Baruch College.

DATE: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
TIME: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Columbia School of Social Work
1255 Amsterdam Avenue, Room 705
New York, NY 10027
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Public health insurance benefits are at a cross-roads. On the one hand, they are threatened by Medicaid restrictions and rollbacks. At the same time, support is growing for further Medicaid expansions and “Medicare for all” policies, such as the New York Health Act (NYHA). How would such policy changes affect poverty?
 
To show the full impacts of health insurance benefits on poverty requires a “Health-Inclusive Poverty Measure” (HIPM), one which includes a need for basic health insurance in the threshold and counts health insurance benefits as resources to meet that need (Korenman & Remler 2016Remler, Korenman & Hyson 2017). We used the HIPM to calculate the direct effects of health insurance benefits on poverty, analogous to the way analysts use the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) to calculate the direct effects of non-health benefits. The SPM can show poverty reductions due to lower out-of-pocket medical spending, but not due to health insurance benefits meeting a basic need for care or insurance.
 
We will describe a HIPM that builds on the SPM, and present results assessing the impact of health insurance benefits on HIPM poverty. Among the estimates presented are impacts on poverty of the proposed NYHA, a universal health insurance program with no out-of-pocket expenditures for care or insurance, as well as various Medicaid rollback scenarios.