Medicaid Expansion Results In More Newly-Diagnosed Diabetes Cases Says New Study

medicaidThe number of diabetes cases that have been diagnosed in the United States has increased as the Affordable Care Act has gone into effect for states that expanded their Medicaid programs. For states that did not, the number of cases did not increase significantly. These were the findings of a new study that was done that indicates that the changes to the healthcare lawas might help thousands to obtain treatments fast then they previously thought possible.

 

There are roughly one out of 10 Americans throughout the country that are currently suffering from diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed with the disease. Diabetes can cause a severe toll on the body if it is not diagnosed early. These complications can include heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, failure of the kidneys as well as foot and leg amputations.

 

The CDC puts current esimates for the disease at roughly $176 billion annually in terms of medical costs. The number of people that are low income or minority are affected at higher rates than other groups. The current study was done by Quest Diagnostics, which is a medical testing company. The researchers in the study looked at the laboratory test results from all 50 states out of the patients in the company’s database. For the states in which the Medicaid program saw an expansion, there were roughly 23 percent more cases of diabetes being newly diagnosed. For the states that did not expand d the Medicaid program, the number of cases being diagnosed changed by only 0.4 percent.

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