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Medicaid expansion linked to more early cancer diagnoses

Key clinical point: Medicaid insurance expansion improved early cancer diagnosis but did not affect time to treatment.

Major finding: Early-stage diagnoses were 0.8 percentage points higher in states that adopted expanded Medicaid coverage than in nonexpansion states (P = .001).

Study details: A retrospective study of 925,543 patients diagnosed with breast, colon, or non–small cell lung cancer from 2011 to 2016.

Disclosures: The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute and the Agency for Health Research and Quality. The authors had no relevant disclosures.


Takvorian SU et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Feb 5;3(2):e1921653.