Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many people with disabilities were required to live in poverty to maintain their Medicaid eligibility. With Medicaid expansion, they can enter the workforce, increase earnings, and maintain coverage. This study confirmed that people with disabilities were more likely to be employed in the Medicaid expansion states compared with those in non-expansion states (38% vs 32%).Read More
According to recent studies, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) improved access to health care and health insurance in the United States. Parts of the law say that insurers must cover people with pre-existing conditions. They also say that insurance must cover mental health services. Under the ACA, some states also chose to expand their Medicaid programs to cover more people.
Our study looked at the impact of the ACA and Medicaid expansion on health insurance coverage, access to health care, and employment for people with mental health conditions.Read More
This study looked at how much cost affected whether or not people filled their prescriptions. The percentage of all Americans who did not fill a prescription in the previous 12 months because they could not afford it grew from 1999 to 2009 to 8% and then dropped to 5% by 2015. For seniors, however, the number peaked in 2004 at 5% and dropped to 4% after implementation of Medicare Part D in 2006. With implementation of Medicare Part D and the Affordable Care Act, the number of prescriptions unfilled because of cost has declined.Read More
This study looked at data on blood pressure checks, flu shots, and dental visits in a 12 month period. Results showed that adults with physical limitations were more likely to receive a blood pressure check (92% vs. 70%%) or flu shot (40%% vs. 23%) compared to adults with no limitations. However, people with physical limitations were less likely to have a dental check-up (45% vs. 59%) in comparison to those with no limitation. People who had a regular care provider were more likely to receive services.
Requests for single reprints can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More