Webinar: Employment as a Health Determinant for Medicaid Participants with Disabilities

Employment as a Health Determinant for Medicaid Participants with Disabilities

Who:  Dr. Jean P. Hall of the University of Kansas Institute on Health & Disability Policy Studies

When: Thursday, February 28th, 1:00-2:00 pm EST

Description: Working age people with disabilities are a health disparities population characterized by increased risk factors such as smoking and obesity, lower overall health status and greater health care costs. The objective of this NIDRR-funded study was to determine the moderating effects of employment on the health and health risk behaviors of a group of Kansans with disabilities dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Using primary and secondary data sources, we examined the relationship of employment and a) health, b) health risk factors and c) health care expenditures. Findings show that when compared to those who were not working, people with any level of paid, competitive employment:

1.    had significantly lower rates of smoking and better quality of life;
2.    self-reported significantly better health status; and
3.    had significantly lower per member per month Medicaid and Medicare costs.

The webinar will focus on these major findings as well as discussion about other trends and findings related to the employment and health of people with disabilities.

Registration is required for this free webinar. Please visit:  http://health.kucrl.org/webinar-registration

Details regarding how to access the webinar will be emailed after you register. If you have any questions about the webinar or registration, please contact Noelle Kurth at pixie@ku.edu.

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