Medicaid expansion is associated with improved access to care and self reported health, US study finds

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 12 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4455
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Expansion of the US health insurance plan for those with limited financial resources, Medicaid, was associated with a significant increase in access to primary care services, lower out-of-pocket costs, and improvements in self reported health among low income residents in two states that had elected to expand the program, compared with those living in a state that had not, a new study found.1

Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 states have been provided with funding to expand the eligibility of their Medicaid programs to allow access to anyone earning less than 138% of the federal poverty line, about $33 500 (£25 800; €30 000) …

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