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Louisville Study Finds Rural Residents Experienced Greater Gains from Expanded Medicaid

As officials continue to debate the future of government- subsidized health benefits, a University of Louisville study found the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion provided greater health coverage gains for people living in rural areas than for those in urban regions.

Dr. Joseph Benitez, assistant professor, department of health management and systems sciences,  University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, recently published the results in The Journal of Rural Health.

Using 2011 – 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data, the study compared trend changes for coverage, access to care, and health care utilization in response to Medicaid expansion among urban and rural residents living in the United States.

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