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Heather Bednarek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Economics


Education

Ph.D. in Economics, Michigan State University
M.A. In Economics, Michigan State University
B.A. in Economics and International Studies, St. John Fisher College

Research Interests

Medicaid Policy, Labor Market Outcomes and Cancer, Health Outcomes 

Publications and Media Placements

“Medicaid Expansion Enrollment and Eligibility Update: Characteristics of Expansion Enrollees” Brief, Saint Louis University Center for Health Law & Washington University Center for Health Economics and Policy, February 2021. 

“Medicaid Expansion Enrollment and Eligibility Update: Geographic Distribution of Medicaid Enrollees” Brief, Washington University Center for Health Economics and Policy & Saint Louis University Center for Health Law, March 2021. 

“Medicaid Expansion Implementation in Missouri: Innovative Outreach and Enrollment Strategies” Brief with Alma Carver, Ashleigh Giovannini, Preethi Raja, and Sidney Watson, March 2021.

“Medicaid Expansion Enrollment and Eligibility Update: Health Status of Expected New Expansion Enrollees” Brief, Washington University Center for Health Economics and Policy & Saint Louis University Center for Health Law, April 2021. 

“Medicaid Managed Care Hospital Networks in Missouri: Too Far to Travel”  Brief and Fact Sheet, Saint Louis University Center for Health Law & Washington University Center for Health Economics and Policy, August 2021. 

Honors and Awards

  • “Missouri Medicaid expansion: will low-income Missourians still need to choose between food and health care? Missouri Foundation for Health, June 2021 – May 2024 (Co-PI with Ellen Barnidge). 
  • Transformative Teaching Fellow, John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University (2013 - 2015)
  • Equal Justice Award, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (2005)

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Economic Association
  • Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession
  • American Society of Health Economists
  • AcademyHealth