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Working Papers
  • The Affordable Care Act and Racial/Ethnic and Sex-Based Disparities in Access to Primary Care Appointments Among Medicaid Patients w/ Sarah Tinkler, Miron Stano, and Rajiv Sharma
    • Short Abstract: We estimated probabilities of appointment offers to simulated Medicaid patients by race/ethnicity and sex. Post-expansion, Hispanic women (37 (CI: 21,53)) and Black women (21 (CI: 5,37)) saw significant gains in expansion states only. By 2016, expansion-state offers to Hispanic and Black men increased. Medicaid expansion increased access and reduced disparities without detrimental effects for white Medicaid patients. Primary Care Appointment Access During COVID-19 w/ Sarah Tinkler, Miron Stano, and Rajiv Sharma Short Abstract: The primary care system maintained and, in some respects, improved levels of access to appointments during the first months of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. This was largely attributable to a rapid shift to telemedicine. Both male and female physicians continued seeing patients, although female physicians were much more likely to use telemedicine. Efforts to increase the use of telemedicine in older physicians could allow these providers to continue safely practicing during the pandemic.
  • Primary Care Appointment Access During COVID-19 w/ Sarah Tinkler, Miron Stano, and Rajiv Sharma
    • Short Abstract: The primary care system maintained and, in some respects, improved levels of access to appointments during the first months of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. This was largely attributable to a rapid shift to telemedicine. Both male and female physicians continued seeing patients, although female physicians were much more likely to use telemedicine. Efforts to increase the use of telemedicine in older physicians could allow these providers to continue safely practicing during the pandemic.