Grupo de “Padres Efectivos”

(Click here for English) ¡Bienvenida/os! Somos un grupo de investigadoras de la Universidad de Carolina del Norte, trabajamos en el departamento The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Nuestro equipo está realizando un estudio para aprender cómo ayudar a padres Latinos a mejor navegar el sistema de salud en los Estados Unidos cuando… Read more »

Tough choices: Autism, private health insurance and family out-of-pocket spending

Emerging patterns in our current work suggest that insurance choices of families raising children with autism are influenced by out-of-pocket expenditures without regard to the breadth and depth of services covered. This is troubling from a policy perspective since low deductible and co-payment plans are expensive and reduce resources thereby constraining use of uncovered services…. Read more »

Adequate Health Insurance for Children with Autism

Evidence and Implications for Defining Essential Benefits – Families raising children with autism contribute significant amounts out-of-pocket to the cost of care and that this pay-as-you-go strategy is associated with disparities in use for vulnerable families (Thomas, Williams et al, 2013; Parish, Thomas, Williams et al, 2013). As a result, in comparison to other children… Read more »

Access, Quality and Financial Implications of the Transitions of Children with Autism

Kathleen Thomas, Ph.D., Principal Investigator A growing foundation of evidence indicates that families of children with autism experience problems of access, financial burden and difficulties paying for health care and autism services, but little evidence positions these experiences in time as they relate to critical childhood milestones. There is some evidence that childhood transitions, into,… Read more »

Structure, Use and Expenditures for Autism Services

This 4-year study, 2002-2006, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and carried out in conjunction with Division TEACCH at the University of North Carolina, seeks to develop a services research approach to understanding the structure, utilization, and expenditures for the care and treatment of autism.

Employment of Adults with Disabilities under the North Carolina Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG)

The goal is to assist the MIG2 effort to develop a comprehensive and lasting employment infrastructure in North Carolina that coordinates disparate state service delivery systems in order to maximize employment for people with disabilities, increase the state’s labor force through the inclusion of people with disabilities, and protect and enhance workers’ healthcare, other benefits, and needed employment supports.