Special Issue "Medicaid and Public Health: Second Edition"
A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 883
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Special Issue in Healthcare: Medicaid and Public Health
In this Special Issue, we present reports on Medicaid. This US-based healthcare program was originally instituted in the 1960s for people with low-paid jobs, mothers, babies, children, alternately abled people struggling to find or keep gainful employment, and seniors with meagre resources. This federal program empowers states to administer healthcare coverage to these disadvantaged populations. Since then, healthcare, health, and society have changed. To keep with the times and control costs, the federal government and states have adapted Medicaid in many ways. This Special Issue is intended to house reports of these adaptations and their outcomes.
A lot of what Medicaid pays for is preventable problems. Heart disease and cancers are preventable by not using tobacco. Vaccinations prevent infections and cancers. Clear communication between people and their healthcare providers prevents emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and re-hospitalizations. In this Special Issue, we will report on innovations in prevention for both short-term improvements in care but also long-term improvements. Evidence from this Special Issue is meant to help state Medicaid programs as they research methods for improving their programs.
A common complaint about Medicaid is its high cost. However, its high cost is a direct consequence of social inequities in the US. The basic needs for a good life, such as food, housing, security, and supportive relationships, are variably distributed in the US and sometimes withheld based on the color of one’s skin, spelling of their name, gender, and other types of discrimination. These upstream inequities result in downstream health disparities. The deeper pressure to improve Medicaid is achieving social justice before Medicaid is even needed. This Special Issue will publish manuscripts showing the need and mechanisms of addressing social inequities. These publications will urge Medicaid programs to reach out to other departments for new and stronger partnerships.
Medicaid is critical to states achieving wellbeing for all their people. Because of Medicaid’s eligibility requirements, by definition, it is a healthcare delivery system directly impacted by social determinants of health. Nearly all people depending on Medicaid experience financial hardship, which is causally related to other physical deprivations, such as depression and anxiety. Articles of interest in this Special Issue will be new healthcare delivery innovations that achieve health equity by also addressing an individual’s social and environmental surroundings. These innovations will assist health service researchers looking for inspiration and implementation scientists in search of methods for deployment.
Because Medicaid is dependent on federal and state government cooperation, this program is often politically charged. Thus, this Special Issue is also meant to house Perspective pieces and Editorials that are well referenced.
Ultimately, we strive for a society where all people are healthy, happy, and secure. This Special Issue is meant to demonstrate our progress toward that vision.
Yours in improving health and healthcare,
Prof. Dr. Christopher R. Cogle
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- health services
- healthcare delivery
- health policy
- population health
- public health
- health equity
- health disparities