Preventable Hospitalizations Are More Common Among Black Medicaid Enrollees

Black Medicaid enrollees were more likely to be hospitalized for preventable reasons than white enrollees, regardless of whether they were enrolled in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, according to an Urban Institute study.

Using data from CMS, the analysis studied preventable hospitalization rates across 21 states and among Medicaid enrollees ages 19 to 64 for the three most common types of preventable conditions: asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, and heart failure. For all three conditions, preventable hospitalization rates were significantly higher for people enrolled in Medicaid through the SSI program — meaning they have a qualifying disability — compared with those who enrolled through other pathways.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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