Medicaid expansion linked to reduced mortality after lung cancer surgery

Postoperative mortality rates in patients who had surgical resection of non-small cell lung cancer dropped significantly with Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, per a study in JAMA Network Open.
The decrease occurred in states where Medicaid coverage grew but not in states where it stayed the same.
“Expanding health insurance coverage options facilitates access to care, which seems to contribute to improved cancer outcomes,” Leticia Nogueira, PhD, MPH, scientific director of health services research at American Cancer Society, told Healio.

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