A new review of studies published since the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion has concluded that expansion improved care, access to care, and coverage in states that expanded their Medicaid programs.
- greater use of primary care
- more preventive health visits
- more behavioral health care
- shorter hospital stays
- fewer avoidable hospital admissions
- reduced access problems
- reduced reliance on hospital ERs as a primary source of care
- improved monitoring and compliance rates for patients with diabetes and hypertension
- higher rates of screening for prostate cancer and Pap smears
In addition, hospitals provided less uncompensated care and had better margins.