New study reveals lack of Medicaid responsible for over a thousand deaths

02/07/14 Robert Lorei
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Dr. Steffie Woolhandler

For a second year in a row it looks like the Florida legislature will continue to reject Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Medicaid expansion was designed to provide health insurance coverage for people who live just over the poverty line.

A study just released by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York finds: The number of deaths attributable to the lack of Medicaid expansion in opt-out states are at between 7,115 and 17,104.

A study published on the Health Affairs blog concluded that between 1,158 and 2,221 deaths in Florida could be prevented if the state embraced Medicaid expansion.

Rob Lorei interviews a co-author of the study Dr. Steffie Woolhandler on Radioactivity.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Hunter College conducted the study, which was based on data from various sources they used to estimate the impact of Medicaid expansion on mortality.

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