1. Medicaid expansion linked to 6% decrease in opioid mortality rates

    Medicaid expansion linked to 6% decrease in opioid mortality rates

    A new study by JAMA shows that medicaid expansion which gave millions of low-income adults access to health insurance was linked to a 6 percent reduction in opioid overdose death rates. 

    This new study disputes claims by Republican lawmakers that the medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act made the opioid crisis worse by expanding access to painkillers. 

    This result was mostly dye to lower rates of death of heroin and synthetic opioids with the care plan. 

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