Diabetes Diagnoses Jump Thanks to ACA

In the 26 states that expanded Medicaid benefits under the Affordable Care Act, new diabetes diagnoses of Medicaid recipients in the first 1/2 of 2014 jumped by 23% over the year before. That compares with a less than 1% increase in states that didn’t expand Medicaid, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. 

The study is “one of the first nationally representative analyses of the impact of the law on earlier diagnosis of diabetes,” according to the study authors, including researchers from the private clinical laboratory Quest Diagnostics.

“I cannot think of any other explanation except these people have now got health insurance” and are going to the doctor and getting tested, said study co-author Vivian Fonseca, a professor of medicine at Tulane University.

Washington Post

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