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Tulane: Study Finds Medicaid Expansion Improved Access to Care

Fewer Louisianans report that they have to put off seeing a doctor or that they are unable to take their medications as prescribed thanks to Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion, according to a new Tulane University study released by Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health.

The study found that among Louisianans in the newly-eligible population:

Under Medicaid expansion, the state extended coverage in 2016 to all adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The study sampled Medicaid patients who became eligible for coverage as a result of expansion, with enrollment occurring between July 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016, and who maintained continuous Medicaid enrollment for at least a year.

“We examined standard measures of access to care covering distance and time to access care, utilization of a variety of health services that reflect access to primary care and the level of provider participation,” said Dr. Mark Diana, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. “We found improvement in all aspects of access to care for beneficiaries of Medicaid Expansion.”

“Medicaid expansion is saving lives, creating jobs throughout the state, saving money and building a foundation for a healthier Louisiana,” said Gov. Edwards.

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