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New Harvard/CUNY Study: Thousands will die in states that don’t expand Medicaid (like NC)

health35In a new study out today in the respected Health Affairs journal, Harvard and CUNY researchers estimate some of the health effects on lower-income working people who live in states that are refusing the federal government’s offer of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.  Most troubling is the following conclusion:

“We estimate the number of deaths attributable to the lack of Medicaid expansion in opt-out states at between 7,115 and 17,104.”

If there ever was a reason for NC Governor McCrory and legislators to change their short-sighted decision blocking Medicaid expansion, this is it.

2 Comments

  1. N.C.Rohan

    February 1, 2014 at 8:08 am

    They will spin this as evidence of the success of their policies, reducing the number of people receiving benefits, lowering unemployment numbers, justifying further cuts. There is less child poverty if they are just dead instead.

  2. NChealthconnector

    February 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Scary numbers! I am particularly concerned about access to care in rural areas resulting from a lack of Medicaid expansion. I am afraid many rural health systems will be forced to shut their doors with the loss of federal money for uncompensated care.