The Health 202: There's mounting evidence that expanding Medicaid made people healthier
There’s a growing body of evidence that the Affordable Care Act has saved lives and made some Americans healthier since the sweeping health-care bill was passed nearly a decade ago.
This evidence largely comes from states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, my Washington Post colleague Amy Goldstein reports. In some areas, such as parts of Detroit where poverty and illness are common, previously uninsured patients now have coverage under the expanded safety-net program. For some people, that means not only getting primary care -- but having thousands of dollars for medication and medical bills now paid for. In other areas, more prescriptions are getting filled and dialysis patients are living longer in places where coverage was expanded.
"Expanded coverage through the Affordable Care Act is saving lives. Imagine how many more we could save with single payer Medicare for All."