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Research notes importance of access to care

‚ÄčMedicaid expansion linked to increase in survival for newly diagnosed cancer patients.

A study released May 18 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was associated with an increase in two-year overall survival rates among patients diagnosed with cancer, especially among non-Hispanic Black people and people living in rural areas. 

The large study, led by Dr. Xuesong Han, ACS scientific director, health services research, adds to the accumulating evidence of the multiple benefits of Medicaid expansion in all states, and supports better access to timely and effective treatments. ASC CAN is actively working with lawmakers to urge them to increase access to Medicaid in states not offering this important coverage. 

Dr. Ahmedin Jemal is senior author of the study. Other ACS scientists involved in the research include Jingxuan Zhao and Dr. Robin Yabroff.

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