Researchers at UCLA have that found states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act observed an important increase in rates of health insurance among low-income adults compared with states that didn’t expand the program.
The study, issued in the peer-reviewed Annals of Internal Medicine, also discovered improved quality of coverage, more frequent use of health care, and increased rates of diagnoses for chronic health conditions.
“Our findings are informative for residents and policymakers in states with ACA Medicaid expansions in place because it will assist them understand the affects of those expansions,” stated Laura Wherry, assistant professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the study’s lead author. “It is also informative for policymakers and voters who are thinking whether to expand Medicaid in their states because it will assist them gauge the potential impacts of a Medicaid expansion in their states.”
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