JAMA study: Kentuckians healthier under Medicaid expansion

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BOSTON, Ma. (WTVQ) – A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week finds low-income people in Kentucky, covered by the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, are healthier than in places without expanded Medicaid.

The study focused on Kentucky and Arkansas populations.

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Researchers say their surveys showed low-income people in the two states were more likely to report they were in good health than people in other states.

Researchers also say the expansion of Medicaid was associated with increases in the use of outpatient services and preventative care, as well as less emergency room use.

The online article can be found here, while the complete study is only available for JAMA subscribers.