FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Cancer mortality rates have dropped more in U.S. states that expanded Medical Benefits after the Affordable Care Act compared to new studies.
"This is the first study to show the benefits of expanding Medical Subsidies for national cancer deaths," said Dr. Anna Lee, a specialist oncologist at the Center. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer in New York City said.
"We now have evidence that the expansion of Medicaid has saved many lives of cancer patients across the United States," she added.
The Expansion of Medical Assistance is part of the Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010. At the time of analysis, 27 states and the District of Columbia implemented expanded Medicaid, while 23 The state does not.
In the study, Lee's team analyzed data nationwide from 1999 to 2017 and found that cancer mortality rates decreased by 29% in states that expanded Medicaid, from 65.1 to 46, 3 out of 100,000 people.
In states that did not expand Medicaid, there was a 25% reduction, from 69.5 to 52.3 per 100,000.
Additional benefits for states that have expanded Medicaid to an estimated less than 785 cancer-related deaths in 2017. Findings will be presented this week at a virtual Union meeting American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Such research is considered preliminary until it is published in a peer review journal.
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