Mothers and Children Last: The Oregon Medicaid Experiment
American Journal of Law and Medicine. 1992; 18(1 & 2): 97-126.
In 1989 and 1991, the Oregon legislature enacted a series of initiatives to extend health coverage to uninsured state residents. Among these initiatives is an act that seeks to extend a modified set of Medicaid benefits to state residents with family incomes below the federal poverty level. This act also reduces benefits the state is now required to provide to Medicaid-enrolled women of childbearing age and children. This Article explores the legal context in which the Oregon Medicaid experiment must be evaluated. It argues that by reducing the level of coverage to which tens of thousands of exceedingly poor, Medicaid-eligible women and children are entitled, the experiment falls outside the scope of valid research that the United States Department of Health and Human Services may either sanction or fund. The Article also discusses the implications of the Oregon experiment, if approved, for the future direction of the Medicaid program in particular, and for health care reform for the poor, generally.
Children; Costs and Benefits; Discrimination; Economics; Employment; Ethical Review; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Evaluation; Federal Government; Females; Financial Support; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Care Reform; Health Services; Health Services Research; Indigents; Insurance; Legal Aspects; Legislation; Life; Minors; Mothers; Pregnant Women; Public Policy; Poverty; Quality of Life; Regulation; Research; Resource Allocation; Review; Social Discrimination; Withholding Treatment;
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