Medicaid and Appalachian Ohio Health, Socioeconomic Status, and Ecological OMAS Assessment Study

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The Medicaid and Appalachian Health, Socioeconomic Status, and Ecological OMAS Assessment study was completed by Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs with assistance from the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC). The study was undertaken to address foundational information about health statuses (medical, mental, dental), health risks (e.g., substance use, chronic disease, disability, etc.), determinants of health, health care services access, health care utilization, unmet health needs, health burdens, and socioeconomic indicators. The populations of comparative interest were Medicaid recipients versus those not on Medicaid (including the uninsured) residing in each of Ohio’s four county types: Appalachia, metropolitan, rural non-Appalachian, and suburban counties.