New Study Links Vouchers to Hospital Cost Savings and Fewer Hospitalizations for Children

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December 18th, 2019

According to a new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), children 12 years or younger whose families receive vouchers experience lower rates of hospitalization and accrue inpatient spending over the course of two decades. Researchers linked participant data from the Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing Demonstration Program with all-payer hospital discharge data and Medicaid to provide 11-21 years of data following randomization. Children whose families used vouchers had 27 percent lower hospital spending, saving an average of $143 per child per year, as well as 18 percent fewer hospitalizations than children in families without vouchers.

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