|September 4, 2018
Fewer Uninsured Hospitalizations Linked to Insurance Access Under ACA, Research Indicates
Reuters (8/29, Rapaport) reports that thanks to “increased access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...fewer uninsured patients have been hospitalized for serious heart conditions,” according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. Researchers found that states which “expanded Medicaid in 2014 saw the uninsured proportion of hospitalizations for serious heart problems decrease by 5.4 percentage points, from 13.1 percent before the ACA took effect to 7.7 percent afterward.” In a second study, researchers “examined diagnosis of early-stage cancer before and after the ACA.” They discovered that the share “of uninsured cancer patients declined across all of the states in 2014,” and that the “decreases were greater” in states which expanded Medicaid.
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