Medicaid Expansion Leads To Increase In Early Cancer Detection

A new study from University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University, published online last month by the American Journal of Public Health, found that states that expanded Medicaid increased cancer diagnoses by 6.4 percent more than ones that did not. Researchers compared data from 2014, the first year of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, to previous years to see if there was a significant increase in the diagnosis rate in states that extended the program in contrast to those that did not.

At 6.4 percent, an additional 13.8 people per 100,000 had an early diagnosis of cancer. Researchers found no change in late-stage diagnosis.

Quite an interesting statistic and of course, the benefits of early detection are well documented.

 

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