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Professor of Economics Lara Shore-Sheppard Receives Research Grant

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Oct. 8, 2010 -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded a $173,844 grant to Williams College Professor of Economics Lara Shore-Sheppard.

Shore-Sheppard's project will examine the characteristics of adults made newly eligible for Medicaid and subsidized health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). She will also examine how changes in family income over the course of a year affect eligibility for these subsidies.  She will focus on answering four questions: (1) What is the extent of movement into and between the income-determined Medicaid and subsidy groups defined by PPACA? (2) What are the characteristics of the populations in these groups (e.g., demographics, employment status, enrollment in other public programs, current use of health services, and health and disability status)? (3) What characteristics and factors affect movement into and between groups? (4) What is the impact of economic factors on movement into and between groups? 

The answers to these questions are important for state policymakers as they modify their Medicaid programs and design policies to satisfy new requirements under PPACA.  The study will use both descriptive analysis and formal econometric modeling to address these questions.

Shore-Sheppard's fields of specialization include health and labor economics, poverty and welfare policy, and wage distribution. She is the author of a number of papers and journal articles, including "Public Policy and the Dynamics of Children’s Health Insurance, 1986-1999,” with John Ham and Xianghong Li; “A Re-Examination of the Impact of Welfare Reform on Health Insurance Among Less-Skilled Women,” with John Ham and Xianghong Li; and “Stemming the Tide?  The Effect of Expanding Medicaid Eligibility on Health Insurance Coverage.

She received her B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.

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