Dr. Michel Boudreaux, assistant professor in the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Department of Health Services Administration, was recognized for his doctoral dissertation research titled, “The Long-Term Effects of Exposure to Medicaid in Early Childhood.” His dissertation was selected by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) for its outstanding contribution to understanding the impact of public programs that target childhood health. Boudreaux will receive the twenty-third Annual John Heinz Dissertation Honorable Mention award on January 28 during NASI’s 2015 annual membership meeting.
Dr. Boudreaux’s dissertation, which found that children who received Medicaid benefits (age 0-5) showed statistically significant and meaningful improvements in adult health (age 18-54), was nominated for the Heinz award by Professor Ezra Golberstein of the University of Minnesota.
The Heinz dissertation award is a nationally competitive award drawing submissions from Economics, Public Affairs, Sociology and affiliated disciplines that study social insurance programs. It is sponsored by the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation of the Heinz Family Foundation and issued in honor of Senator John Heinz. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, he helped chart the Social Security rescue effort in 1983 and worked tirelessly to insulate the Social Security Trust Funds from the rest of the Federal budget. John Heinz was a leading expert in the Senate on private pensions and health care and aging policy. He was a member of NASI’s Board of Advisors from the organization’s inception in 1986. The National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance, was created to advance solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security.
At the University of Maryland, Dr. Boudreaux is continuing to pursue research that focuses on the impact of health policies that target the health and development of children.