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Medicaid Expansion Makes PA Healthier

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Medicaid Expansion Makes PA Healthier

Date Posted: 
02/28/2017

Since Pennsylvania expanded Medicaid in 2015, more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians have had better access to medical care. In February 2017, Pennsylvania released a report on Medicaid expansion. The report shows that Medicaid expansion works:  families are able to get the preventive care and treatment they need. Here are some highlights from the report:

Medicaid expansion has increased access to preventive care.  In the first year of expansion (from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016):

  • 45% of enrollees used at least one preventive service.
  • 48% of enrollees saw a primary care physician.
  • 29% of enrollees met with their medical providers to make sure that their medications were working.

Medicaid expansion has helped Pennsylvanians with chronic conditions to receive appropriate diagnoses.  Once diagnosed, they can manage their conditions to stay as healthy as possible.  In the first year:

  • 17% of enrollees were diagnosed with heart conditions.
  • 11% of enrollees were diagnosed with gastrointestinal problems.
  • 5% of enrollees were diagnosed with diabetes (Type 2).
  • 19% were diagnosed with mental health conditions.

Medicaid expansion has helped Pennsylvanians access the treatment they need.  In the first year:

  • 89% of enrollees saw a physician.
  • 29% of enrollees received laboratory testing.
  • 8% of enrollees received emergency room treatment for an injury.
  • 15% of enrollees received a prescription for a bronchodilator, or inhaler, like those used to treat asthma.
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