Study says Medicaid expansion for all states will reduce number of uninsured, low-income women while boosting cancer screenings

March 19, 2016

A study published in Women's Health Issues stresses that there is an increasing need for more programs that support cancer screening for millions of low-income, uninsured women. Using data on women aged 18 to 64 from the 2013 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample, it found that under current plans of expansion, 18% of low-income women will remain uninsured, yet if all states adopt the expansion, the uninsured rate will drop to 10%. The study concludes that if non-expanding states opt to expand Medicaid and encourage HIEs, the number of uninsured women can be reduced while boosting the number of cancer screenings.