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Dr. Joseph Benitez is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy. Prior to arriving at UK, he was on the faculty at the University of Louisville. His research focuses primarily on the impact of public policy changes on access to care, medically underserved populations and the role of the health care safety net, and the Medicaid program. He has been published is Health Affairs, Health Services Research, and Medical Care, and featured on NPR and U.S. News & World Report. In 2016, he was funded by AcademyHealth’s New Investigator Small Grant Program to study the implications of Medicaid expansion for safety net hospital financing. More recently, Dr. Benitez received funding from the UK Schnatter Institute to study hospital utilization patterns among Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion population.

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  • PhD, Health Policy and Administration
    • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Master of Public Health
    • University of Kentucky
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology
    • University of Georgia

Research Interests

  • Health economics
  • Applied econometrics
  • Access to care
  • Medically underserved areas/populations
  • Medicaid program design