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Study links Medicaid expansion to reduced poverty

An analysis of annual social and economic data from 2010 to 2016 showed the Medicaid eligibility expansion in states that implemented it was associated with a 0.917 percentage point reduction in poverty, translating to 690,000 Americans. In addition, "we found that the program's antipoverty impact grew over the past decade independent of expansion, by shielding beneficiaries from growing out-of-pocket spending," researchers reported in Health Affairs.

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