The expansion of Medicaid shows significant improvements in various health outcomes consistent with the original goals of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, according to the first peer-reviewed comprehensive analysis. Researchers analyzed 77 published peer-reviewed studies. They found expansion of Medicaid under the ACA was linked to increases in health coverage, use of health services and quality of care. "Furthermore, very few studies reported that Medicaid expansion was associated with negative consequences, such as increased wait times for appointments," said Nir Menachemi, a professor in the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. Menachemi is chair of the school's Department of Health Policy and Management and the senior author of the review article. ‘Expansion of Medicaid under the ACA was linked to increases in health coverage, use of health services and quality of care.’ The analysis, "The Effects of Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA: A Systematic Review," was published in the journal Health Affairs. Medicaid is the nation's largest source of health coverage. As of May, 32 states and the District of Columbia had opted to expand Medicaid eligibility under the ACA to nonelderly adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the poverty level. Several other states are actively considering expanding their Medicaid programs. The review excluded Medicaid expansions that occurred in individual states prior to the ACA. Researchers found Medicaid expansion was related to increased insurance coverage among all potentially eligible individuals, regardless of race, age, marital status or income. They also said: • Health insurance gains were largest for adults without a college degree. • Short- and long-term un-insurance rates declined. • Use of primary care, mental health services and preventive care among Medicaid enrollees went up. • More low- and moderate-income adults had a regular source of care. • Reliance on emergency departments decreased. "The current best evidence on the ACA's Medicaid expansion suggests that improvements in access to and quality of care, as well as to some degree in health, have occurred," said Olena Mazurenko, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. "Our findings should be of interest to policymakers, stakeholders, and others interested in the effect of Medicaid expansions on key metrics of the U.S. health care system." Source: Eurekalert << Mortality Rate High Among Children Hospitalized for Stroke Relationship Between Maternal Emotion and Children's Sleep Q... >> Recommended Reading Overview on USA Healthcare Insurance This section gives an introduction about the status of Healthcare Sector in USA - in the past and present and introduction of reforms for a secured future. READ MORE How Does Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Impact State Medicaid Programs? In this study financial impacts of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and opioid use during pregnancy on the state Medicaid programs are being studied. READ MORE Enrolling in Medicaid can Benefit Both Parents And Children Enrolling in Medicaid can benefit not only low-income parents but also beneficial for their children, reveals a new study. READ MORE Rate of Cancer Diagnoses Rises with the Expansion of Medicaid The diagnoses of early stage cancer increased with the expansion of Medicaid thereby, increasing cancer detection and leading to lesser cancer deaths. READ MORE Awareness about Healthcare Insurance in India A basic awareness about Indian health insurance for any layman for quick reference presented in a crisp format. READ MORE Healthcare Insurance-Common Terms and Definitions The key to understanding health Insurance is to become an informed consumer by knowing its definitions, terms and conditions before you plan to buy it. READ MORE What is Medicare / Medicaid? Medicaid / Medicare are different governmental programs that provide medical and health-related services to specific groups of people in U.S. and managed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Iron Intake Calculator Hearing Loss Calculator Drug Side Effects Calculator More News on: Awareness about Healthcare Insurance in IndiaHealthcare Insurance-Common Terms and DefinitionsWhat is Medicare / Medicaid?