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Gaps in insurance coverage tied to higher utilization in diabetes

A study in Health Affairs found that adults with type 1 diabetes who had private health insurance coverage gaps of 30 to 60 days were five times as likely to land in an emergency department, hospital or urgent care facility after again obtaining coverage, and risk was increased more than sevenfold over baseline after a gap of 91 to 120 days. Researchers examined data from almost 169,000 adult patients with type 1 diabetes and found one-fourth had experienced at least one coverage gap of at least 30 days over an average of three years, and gaps were more prevalent among patients in their 20s and 30s.

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