Dr. Marguerite Burns is an associate professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health, and faculty affiliate with the Institute for Research on Poverty, the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin. She holds a PhD in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied health services research and health economics. Her research interests are in health policy and health economics particularly in understanding the consequences of public health insurance design on individual health and health care use, interactions with other public welfare programs, labor market outcomes, and public resource use. Current research projects include an examination of the role of Medicaid coverage on post-incarceration former state prisoners’ health and reincarceration outcomes, an evaluation of providing parity-consistent coverage in Medicaid on mental health and substance use disorder treatment use, and the development and assessment of common metrics for opioid use disorder treatment prevalence and quality within a multi-state Medicaid research network. She holds leadership positions in several national efforts to strengthen the evidence-base that informs state Medicaid programmatic design including the AcademyHealth’s State University Partnership Learning Network Steering Committee, and the Advisory Board for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Waiver Evaluation Learning Collaborative. Dr. Burns received the 2017 Willard Manning Award in Mental Health Policy and Economics with Dr. Barbara Wolfe for their work on mental health outcomes and the Affordable Care Act’s young adult dependent coverage mandate. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, the NBER’s Retirement Research Center, and the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
The goal of this 2018 project is to inform federal and state policymakers of the relevant tradeoffs of creating eligibility for near-poor adults in Medicaid versus an opportunity for ACA-Marketplace coverage.