Day 40 – Medicaid at 50: Reducing depression

Over the coming weeks this blog will highlight a key feature of Medicaid and the individual states that administer Medicaid and CHIP leading up to the program’s 50th anniversary (July 30th). Hopefully, you’ll learn some interesting facts about Medicaid and each of the 51 state programs.

We’re seeing a recurring theme (Day 49Day 44Day 43Day 42) with respect to Medicaid and mental health, and today we add another piece of evidence to the case: the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment found that Medicaid coverage reduced the probability of screening positive for depression by 30% (9.5 absolute percentage points). Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, and is also a contributor to life-threatening conditions like suicide and ischemic heart disease. So, reducing depression is no small thing.


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