Expanding Medicaid and saving lives



Three states that expanded Medicaid in 2001 and 2002, New York, Arizona and Maine (BSTIME), collectively saw a 6.1 percent decline in the death rate for people age 20 to 64 compared to neighboring states, according to the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, led by assistant professor Benjamin Sommers, found larger reductions among minorities and low-income people.

The Harvard researchers analyzed data from the U.S. Census and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and zeroed in on three states that had expanded Medicaid to low-income adults without children to see what changes in mortality occurred. Deaths among non-elderly adults increased during the same period in neighboring states that didn’t expand Medicaid: Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada and New Hampshire.



the question is, how much is the public willing to shell out for this. btw, i do medicaid applications at my job. lol.