American Mortality Rate Decreases With Medicaid Expansion.

American Mortality rate goes down with the expansion of Medicaid.

Did you know the last time states expanded Medicaid there was a 6.1% reduction in mortality?

The New England Journal of Medicine’s Benjamin D. Sommers, Katherine Baicker, and Arnold M. Epstein released a study in late 2012 that yielded some interesting results. “Medicaid expansions were associated with a significant reduction in adjusted all-cause mortality (by 19.6 deaths per 100,000 adults, for a relative reduction of 6.1%)” These reductions in mortality rate were a direct result of the expansions to Medicaid implemented in certain states in the early to mid-2000’s. The study looked at numbers 5 years before and 5 years after the expansions took place in states like New York, Arizona, and Maine. Since the Medicaid expansion in these states, prior to the Affordable Care Act, the life expectancy for men across the United States has increased by almost a year and a half from 74.8 in 2003 to 76.19 years. For women the increase went from 80.1 years to 81.17years.

Unsurprisingly, the effects of health care coverage also benefit mental health and has contributed to the reduction in the mortality rate of adults 19 to 64. A regularly cited study in Oregon found that havingMedicaid increases the probability of receiving a negative result when screening for depression by 10% for individuals and also reduces the observed rates of depression by 30% for the entire state. Social media anecdotes regularly express the relief brought about by having access to health coverage for the first time. Albeit the statistics for the Affordable Care Act are still forthcoming, undoubtedly the results are highly anticipated by both proponents and opponents of this latest round of Medicaid expansion.

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