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BU: PhD Student Wins Award for Research on ACA and Reproductive Health

Ms. Jackie Ellison, a fifth-year health services research doctoral student at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), won a Best Poster award at the annual AcademyHealth Research Meeting June 2-4 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Ms. Ellison, who is also a research analyst in the Department of Community Health Sciences at BUSPH, received the award for research she conducted as part of her dissertation work on the use of sexual and reproductive health services by young adults newly insured under the Affordable Care Act dependent coverage expansion. Ms. Ellison presented research on similar data at two previous AcademyHealth meetings.

“Sexual and reproductive health services are a main reason why women and people who can get pregnant seek care, and these services are often sensitive to confidentiality concerns, so I wanted to understand what the effect of this provision was on insurance use for these services among those who were affected by the policy,” Ms. Ellison says.

Ms. Ellison says certain billing practices, such as explanation of benefits forms, inadvertently breach dependents’ confidentiality, as the forms are sent to policyholders whenever care is provided under their plan. She and her research team found that young adults who gained parental coverage were less likely to use their insurance to pay for contraception and sexually transmitted infection testing.

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