New Study Shows ACA Medicaid Expansion Yielded More Newly Diagnosed Diabetes Patients

With the newly insured 16.4 million Americans enrolled in health insurance (Medicaid and individual policies), a lab company has released a paper where they are seeing an uptick in newly diagnosed diabetes cases.  At a glance, this seemingly makes sense:  those who were previously just outside of Medicaid’s eligibility that got newly insured would seemingly have a chronic condition that plagues a large proportion on our population, especially those on the lower end of socioeconomic status.

Does correlation equal causation in this case?

In my opinion, it’s a bit dubious to jump to this conclusion since the sample size of the study was small, data only comes from one lab company, and there wasn’t sufficient information in the lab claims data to determine whether the member was previously diagnosed and/or never was insured.

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