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Study: Medicaid expansion would prevent more than 1,000 deaths in Florida

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A study published on the Health Affairs blog concluded that between 1,158 and 2,221 deaths in Florida could be prevented if the state embraced Medicaid expansion.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Hunter College conducted the study, which was based on data from various sources they used to estimate the impact of Medicaid expansion on mortality.

"The Supreme Court's decision to allow states to opt out of Medicaid expansion will have adverse health and financial consequences. Based on recent data from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, we predict that many low-income women will forego recommended breast and cervical cancer screening; diabetics will forego medications, and all low-income adults will face a greater likelihood of depression, catastrophic medical expenses, and death," the researchers wrote.

Despite the support of Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Senate and Democrats, efforts to use $51 billion federal Medicaid expansion dollars to reduce the number of poor Floridians were unsuccessful last year. House Republicans blocked a plan to use that funding to buy private insurance policies for roughly 1 million people.

There is a new bill filed in the Senate to re-ignite the debate this session, and a companion is anticipated in the House. But House GOP leaders say they remain opposed to accepting federal dollars.

Click here to view the full report at Health Affairs. The data on preventable deaths by state is listed in the chart labeled Exhibit 3.

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Ed Jenkins

The taxpayers greatly appreciate this House effort to prevent massive future confiscations of taxpayer money by rejecting this horrible concept of paying other people's medical bills. The taxpayers have donated generous amounts already to charities for those truly in need and urge them to head to those charities for far better care than they can get from some heartless government program. But taxpayers do not consider those in need to be people who have spend large amounts of money on extravagant meals, luxury homes and autos and even worse dangerous illegal drugs.

Ed Jenkins

I like eating ice cream ones in the rain because it cleans off any excess dripping running done the cone. Please hang up and dial again as this call does not seem to have a good connection.

Bi-polar

Will the real Ed please stand up?

Can't take anymore

It sure looks like Gaetz and Weatherford could care less that over 1000 lives could be saved by expanding Medicaid in Florida. Sure is a crazy world where corporations are considered to be people but real people aren't worth much of anything to those that run our state government.

Randall McMurphy

Weatherford supports it if it's for his own "too-big-to-pay-for-without-taxpayer-assistance" family and Gaetz supported it when he owned a hospice company but since it's neither personally or financially beneficial to either one of them now, that's why they are kissing the butts of the tea party.

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