Medicaid Expansion Reduces Death Rate for Three Major Cancers

Medicaid Expansion Reduces Death Rate for Three Major Cancers

Researchers then compared the mortality rates of patients in states that expanded Medicaid with those of patients where Medicaid was not expanded. (Medicaid was expanded in 24 states and Washington, DC, in January 2014—that number is now 39). The risk of dying from these cancers declined by 2% in states that expanded Medicaid; no such change was seen among patients in states that didn’t expand Medicaid. Extrapolating that benefit to the 69,000 patients diagnosed with cancer yearly in all states that expanded Medicaid, that translates to 1,384 lives saved each year, the researchers calculated. For related coverage, read “Medicaid Expansion Leads to Less Metastatic Cancer” and “Medicaid Expansion Tied to Decline in Cancer Death Rate.”

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