Laura Wherry, Ph.D.

A Short Biography:

Laura Wherry, PhD is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Wherry received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Labor Economics. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC and she received her B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the College of William and Mary. Her primary area of research focuses on the changing role of the Medicaid program and its impact on access to health care and health. Recent work examines the early effects of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansions, as well as the longer-term effects of several large expansions in Medicaid targeting low-income pregnant women and children in the 1980s and 1990s. 

Work Titles
UCLA Assistant Professor In-Residence, General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research

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(310) 794-3934

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1100 Glendon Avenue
Suite 850 (Room 859)
Los Angeles, CA 90024


A selected list of publications:

Miller S, Wherry LR   The Long-Term Effects of Early Life Medicaid Coverage Journal of Human Resources, ; Forthcoming: .
Miller S, Wherry LR   Four Years Later: Insurance Coverage and Access to Care Continue to Diverge Between ACA Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States AEA Papers and Proceedings, 2019; 109(May): 327-33.
Wherry LR, Miller S, Kaestner R, Meyer BD   Childhood Medicaid Coverage and Later Life Health Care Utilization Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018; 100(2): 287-302.
Wherry LR   State Medicaid Expansions for Parents Led to Increased Coverage and Prenatal Care Utilization Among Pregnant Mothers Health Services Research, 2018; 53(5): 3569-3591.
Miller S, Wherry LR   Health and Access to Care during the First 2 Years of the ACA Medicaid Expansions The New England Journal of Medicine, 2017; 376: 947-56.
Wherry LR, Fabi R, Schickedanz A, Saloner B.   State and Federal Coverage for Pregnant Immigrants: Prenatal Care Increased, No Change Detected for Infant Health Health Affairs, 2017; 36(4): 607-615.
Wherry LR, Miller S   Early Coverage, Access, Utilization, and Health Effects Associated With the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions: A Quasi-experimental Study Annals of Internal Medicine, 2016; 164(12): 795-803.
Lipton BJ, Wherry LR, Miller S, Kenney GM, Decker S   Previous Medicaid Expansion May Have Had Lasting Positive Effects on Oral Health of Non-Hispanic Black Children Health Affairs, 2016; 35(12): 2249-2258.
Wherry LR, Kenney GM, Sommers BD   Role of Public Health Insurance in Reducing Child Poverty Academic Pediatrics, 2016; 16(3, Supplement): S98-S104.
Wherry LR, Meyer BD   Saving Teens: Using a Policy Discontinuity to Estimate the Effects of Medicaid Eligibility Journal of Human Resources, 2016; 51(3): 556-588.
Leininger LJ, Saloner B, Wherry LR   Predicting High Cost Pediatric Patients: Derivation and Validation of a Population-Based Model Medical Care, 2015; 53(8): 729-735.
Wherry LR, Burns ME, Leininger LJ   Using Self-Reported Health Measures to Predict High-Need Cases among Medicaid-Eligible Adults Health Services Research, 2014; 49(S2): 2147-2172.
Wherry LR   Medicaid Family Planning Expansions and Related Preventive Care American Journal of Public Health, 2013; 103(9): 1577-82.

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