Benjamin D Sommers

Summary

Affiliation: Harvard University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. doi request reprint The poverty-reducing effect of Medicaid
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave, Kresge Room 406, Boston, MA 02115, United States Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U S Department of Health and Human Services, United States Electronic address
    J Health Econ 32:816-32. 2013
  2. doi request reprint The Affordable Care Act has led to significant gains in health insurance and access to care for young adults
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Brigham and Women s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 32:165-74. 2013
  3. doi request reprint Mortality and access to care among adults after state Medicaid expansions
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    N Engl J Med 367:1025-34. 2012
  4. doi request reprint An educational intervention to improve cost-effective care among medicine housestaff: a randomized controlled trial
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Acad Med 87:719-28. 2012
  5. doi request reprint Reasons for the wide variation in Medicaid participation rates among states hold lessons for coverage expansion in 2014
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 31:909-19. 2012
  6. doi request reprint Policy makers should prepare for major uncertainties in Medicaid enrollment, costs, and needs for physicians under health reform
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 30:2186-93. 2011
  7. doi request reprint Societal costs of risky driving: an economic analysis of high-risk patients visiting an urban emergency department
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
    Traffic Inj Prev 12:149-58. 2011
  8. doi request reprint Issues in health reform: how changes in eligibility may move millions back and forth between medicaid and insurance exchanges
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 30:228-36. 2011
  9. ncbi request reprint Why lowering health costs should be a key adjunct to slowing health spending growth
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 29:1651-5. 2010
  10. doi request reprint Children's health insurance and access to care during and after the CHIP expansion period
    Miji Choi
    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    J Health Care Poor Underserved 22:576-89. 2011

Detail Information

Publications23

  1. doi request reprint The poverty-reducing effect of Medicaid
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave, Kresge Room 406, Boston, MA 02115, United States Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U S Department of Health and Human Services, United States Electronic address
    J Health Econ 32:816-32. 2013
    ..Overall, Medicaid kept at least 2.6 million-and as many as 3.4 million-out of poverty in 2010, making it the U.S.'s third largest anti-poverty program. ..
  2. doi request reprint The Affordable Care Act has led to significant gains in health insurance and access to care for young adults
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Brigham and Women s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 32:165-74. 2013
    ..We found strong evidence of increased access to care because of the law, with significant reductions in the number of young adults who delayed getting care and in those who did not receive needed care because of cost...
  3. doi request reprint Mortality and access to care among adults after state Medicaid expansions
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    N Engl J Med 367:1025-34. 2012
    ..Yet the effect of such changes on adults' health remains unclear. We examined whether Medicaid expansions were associated with changes in mortality and other health-related measures...
  4. doi request reprint An educational intervention to improve cost-effective care among medicine housestaff: a randomized controlled trial
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Acad Med 87:719-28. 2012
    ..This study tested whether a brief educational intervention could increase residents' awareness of cost-effectiveness and reduce costs without negatively affecting patient outcomes...
  5. doi request reprint Reasons for the wide variation in Medicaid participation rates among states hold lessons for coverage expansion in 2014
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 31:909-19. 2012
    ....
  6. doi request reprint Policy makers should prepare for major uncertainties in Medicaid enrollment, costs, and needs for physicians under health reform
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 30:2186-93. 2011
    ..Yet our results indicate that policy makers should prepare to handle a broad range of contingencies and uncertainty in Medicaid expansion under health reform...
  7. doi request reprint Societal costs of risky driving: an economic analysis of high-risk patients visiting an urban emergency department
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
    Traffic Inj Prev 12:149-58. 2011
    ....
  8. doi request reprint Issues in health reform: how changes in eligibility may move millions back and forth between medicaid and insurance exchanges
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 30:228-36. 2011
    ..Options include establishing a minimum guaranteed eligibility period and "dually certifying" some plans to serve both Medicaid and exchange enrollees...
  9. ncbi request reprint Why lowering health costs should be a key adjunct to slowing health spending growth
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 29:1651-5. 2010
    ..The paper argues that substantial up-front reductions in health spending are therefore worth pursuing to protect the nation's long-term economic growth...
  10. doi request reprint Children's health insurance and access to care during and after the CHIP expansion period
    Miji Choi
    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    J Health Care Poor Underserved 22:576-89. 2011
    ....
  11. ncbi request reprint Why millions of children eligible for Medicaid and SCHIP are uninsured: poor retention versus poor take-up
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Brigham and Women s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 26:w560-7. 2007
    ..Among those uninsured but eligible for public coverage in 2006, at least 42 percent had been enrolled in Medicaid or SCHIP the previous year. Both of these measures of disenrollment have increased since 2000...
  12. ncbi request reprint Creation of state basic health programs would lead to 4 percent fewer people churning between Medicaid and exchanges
    Ann Hwang
    Health Care Policy and Strategy in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in Boston, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 31:1314-20. 2012
    ..But churning rates would remain very high, and additional policy steps would be required to minimize the effect of coverage disruptions...
  13. pmc Loss of health insurance among non-elderly adults in Medicaid
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 24:1-7. 2009
    ..Drop-out among children in Medicaid--due to annual renewal requirements--is well-documented, but the recent extent of this problem among non-elderly adults is unknown...
  14. ncbi request reprint Protecting low-income children's access to care: are physician visits associated with reduced patient dropout from Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program?
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Pediatrics 118:e36-42. 2006
    ..The purpose of this study was to determine which, if any, types of clinical contact with physicians are associated with reduced dropout among children who are enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program...
  15. doi request reprint Enrolling eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP: a research update
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 29:1350-5. 2010
    ..It is possible that fewer children may also be enrolling in public programs since 2006 because of requirements that their U.S. citizenship status be documented...
  16. pmc Prevalence and predictors of underinsurance among low-income adults
    Hema Magge
    Division of General Pediatrics, Boston Children s Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 28:1136-42. 2013
    ..Less is known about underinsurance among low-income adults, particularly those with public insurance...
  17. ncbi request reprint Insuring children or insuring families: do parental and sibling coverage lead to improved retention of children in Medicaid and CHIP?
    Benjamin D Sommers
    PhD Program in Health Policy, Harvard University, 60E Glen Rd, Unit T 9, Brookline, MA 02445, United States
    J Health Econ 25:1154-69. 2006
    ..I conclude that policy attempts to expand health insurance to the 8.5 million uninsured children in the U.S. would be much more effective if they covered parents and children in the same program...
  18. ncbi request reprint Who really pays for health insurance? The incidence of employer-provided health insurance with sticky nominal wages
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Program in Health Policy, 79 John F Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Int J Health Care Finance Econ 5:89-118. 2005
    ....
  19. doi request reprint Probabilities and preferences: what economics can teach doctors and patients making difficult treatment decisions
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women s Hospital, Boston, MA 02155, USA
    Urol Oncol 26:669-73. 2008
    ..Moreover, preferences can take account of more than just outcomes themselves; tradeoffs between the short- and long-term, as well as tolerance for risk and anxiety, may also be important...
  20. ncbi request reprint The impact of program structure on children's disenrollment from Medicaid and SCHIP
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 24:1611-8. 2005
    ..This effect persisted after controlling for demographic and policy variables. Administering multiple distinct public insurance programs appears to be counterproductive in terms of retention...
  21. ncbi request reprint Decision analysis using individual patient preferences to determine optimal treatment for localized prostate cancer
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
    Cancer 110:2210-7. 2007
    ..Previous decision analyses focused on a hypothetical patient with average preferences, but preferences differ for clinically similar patients, implying that their optimal therapies may also differ...
  22. ncbi request reprint The impact of gender and marital status on end-of-life care: evidence from the National Mortality Follow-Back Survey
    Melissa W Wachterman
    Department of Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    J Palliat Med 9:343-52. 2006
    ..End-of-life care poses a growing clinical and policy concern. Gender and marital status may play important roles in shaping end-of-life care...
  23. doi request reprint Predictors of patient preferences and treatment choices for localized prostate cancer
    Benjamin D Sommers
    Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
    Cancer 113:2058-67. 2008
    ..This study examined determinants of patients' preferences for health states related to prostate cancer, and assessed whether preferences and/or other factors predict treatment choices...