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									                     Harvard Study: Expanded Medicaid Decreases Death Rate

According to the results of a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, states
which expanded their Medicaid programs to include more elderly, impoverished, and disabled people
saw a decline in their mortality rates when compared to other states which did not enact such an
expansion.

Researchers at Harvard University School of Public Health recently released a study which found that
in states that expanded Medicaid in 2001 and 2002, including Arizona, New York, and Maine, people
between the ages of 20 and 64 saw a decline in the death rate of about 6.1% when compared to
neighboring states. At the same time in those states, minority and low income populations
experienced an even greater decline in the death rate.

The study may impact the Medicaid expansion provisions under the 2010 affordable care act. Though
the law originally mandated that all states must expand their Medicaid programs by 2014, the
Supreme Court's decision declared that the punishment provisions in the law made that expansion
unconstitutional. That ruling gave each individual state the right to decide if it wanted to implement
the expanded Medicaid criteria. Those criteria would allow individual or family making up to 130% of
the federal poverty level to receive health insurance coverage through Medicaid.

If all states adopt the expansion criteria, an estimated 15 to 16 million more Americans will become
eligible for Medicaid.

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