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Yale Finds Health Care Access Unaffected by Medicaid Expansion

Fears that expanding Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act will hamper access to care for those already in the program, and overwhelm emergency services, are largely unfounded, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found. Despite the size and scope of the Medicaid program – it was created in 1965 and today serves approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population – there is relatively little information on how changes in Medicaid eligibility affect access to primary care and the use of services. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is believed to be one of the first to forecast the likely impact of Medicaid’s expansion on individuals with existing coverage.