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Better Access to Diabetes Drugs for Medicaid Beneficiaries Under ACA

Forty Percent Jump in Prescriptions Filled

Researchers with the University of California looked at states that expanded Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The expansion of Medicaid under the ACA made it easier for beneficiaries to fill prescriptions for diabetes medications, according to a Health Affairs study in August. Researchers looked at nearly 100 million prescriptions filled by Medicaid beneficiaries from January 2008 until December 2015. The data were collected in the 29 states that expanded eligibility for Medicaid among low-income adults. “Overall, fills for insulin and for newer medications increased by 40% and 39%, respectively,” the study states. “Our findings suggest that Medicaid eligibility expansions may address gaps in access to diabetes medications, with increasing effects over time.”

The increase in prescription fills grew significantly over time. Overall, fills for insulin and for newer medications increased by 40 percent and 39 percent, respectively. 

Source: Health Affairs, 2018

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