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WashU: ACA can Help Americans with Diabetes

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has great potential to improve health and health care for people with diabetes, according to a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

New faculty and doctoral student portraits for the George Warren Brown School of Social Work Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 at Washington University in St. Louis. (Photo © Whitney Curtis)

Dr. Derek Brown

Researchers examined demographics, access to care, health-care use, and health-care expenditures of adults with diabetes by using the 2011 and 2012 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. They found that uninsured adults with diabetes reported poorer access to care than insured adults, while insured adults had significantly higher health-care expenditures.

“Shortly after passage of ACA, nearly two million working-age adults with diabetes lacked health insurance,” said Dr. Derek Brown, assistant professor and health economist at the Brown School. “Access to care was a significant barrier, and proper diabetes care lagged among the uninsured.”

Faculty portrait for the George Warren Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.  (Photo © Whitney Curtis)

Photo: Dr. Timothy McBride

The study was published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

“To the extent that the ACA increases access and coverage, uninsured people with diabetes are likely to significantly increase their health-care use, which may lead to reduced incidence of diabetes complications and improved health,” said Dr. Timothy McBride, co-author of the study and a professor and health economist at the Brown School.

To read more, click: https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/mcbride-affordable-care-act-diabetes.aspx