New Diabetes Cases Surge with Medicaid Expansion

March 24, 2015 8:26 PM

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The number of new diabetes cases diagnosed among low-income Americans has surged in states that chose to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but not in those that resisted President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, according to a new study published Monday. The findings suggest that increased medical coverage for the less privileged can lead to early detection of illness and care for the sick.

Diabetes, one of the most common and costliest illnesses in the United States, provided a prime opportunity to investigate how the ACA was working, said the study’s authors. The law sought to provide Medicaid to a wider swath of adults and children living at or below 138 percent of the federal pover...

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