Medicaid Expansion Research Workshop

March 12, 2021
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In July of 2021, Missouri will become the 39th state to expand eligibility for its Medicaid program. This workshop, presented by the Center for Health Economics & Policy, is designed to inform researchers on:

  • Potential impacts of Medicaid expansion in Missouri
  • Incorporating Medicaid expansion into research
  • Increasing chances of obtaining grant funding

Participants will hear from state and national experts and learn of opportunities for collaboration on research regarding the implementation and impact of the upcoming Medicaid expansion in Missouri.

This event will take place virtually via Zoom meeting software. Please register to receive your unique link to attend.

Preference for breakout room topics will be given to those who register early.


Times are tentative and subject to change.

9:00 a.m.   Welcome

9:10 a.m.  What to Expect When You are Expanding (Medicaid): Rigorous Research Designs and Meaningful Outcomes
Heidi Allen, PhD, MSW, Columbia University

9:50 a.m.  Research Designs and Data (Oh my!): Strategies to Measure Impacts of Expanding Medicaid
Joe Benitez, PhD, University of Kentucky

10:30 a.m.   Break

10:35 a.m.   Missouri Medicaid Expansion: Overview and Implications for Researchers
Tim McBride, PhD, Center for Health Economics & Policy; Brown School

10:55 a.m.   Missouri Medicaid Expansion:  Policy Details That May Affect Clinical Outcomes
Abby Barker, PhD, Center for Health Economics & Policy; Brown School

11:15 p.m.   Breakout Discussions

11:55 p.m.   Closing Remarks


Featured national speakers

Heidi Allen, PhD MSW
Associate Professor, The Columbia School of Social Work

Co-investigator in the landmark Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, Dr. Allen is a nationally recognized researcher, writer, and advisor in the field of health policy and a member of the NIH Health Disparities Equity Promotion Study Section. She studies the impact of social policies, like Medicaid – America’s health insurance for the poor – on health and financial well-being.


Joseph Benitez, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky College of Public Health

Dr. Benitez’s research focuses primarily on the impact of public policy changes on access to care, medically underserved populations and the role of the health care safety net, and the Medicaid program. Recently, he received funding from the UK Schnatter Institute to study hospital utilization patterns among Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion population.

Event Sponsors: Center for Health Economics & Policy at the Institute for Public Health