New U.S. Medicaid enrollees likely to be younger, healthier: studies

September 10, 2013 6:58 AM

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New U.S. Medicaid enrollees likely to be younger, healthier: studies

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. states that opt to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) can expect to enroll new patients who are younger, thinner, healthier, less depressed and more likely to be white than those now covered by Medicaid, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

The latest findings add to a growing picture of the incoming class of Medicaid enrollees under the ACA, which gives states the option to expand their Medicaid rolls to include previously ineligible low-income adults.

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