THOUSANDS TO DIE/BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WASTED FROM MEDICAID OPT-OUT -- ON KZYX, FRIDAY AT 9 AM
Dr. Woolhandler is a medical school professor at C.U.N.Y and a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.
THOUSANDS TO DIE FROM MEDICAID OPT-OUT
A study just released by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York finds: "T he number of deaths attributable to the lack of Medicaid expansion in opt-out states at between 7,115 and 17,104. Medicaid expansion in opt-out states would have resulted in 712,037 fewer persons screening positive for depression and 240,700 fewer individuals suffering catastrophic medical expenditures. Medicaid expansion in these states would have resulted in 422,553 more diabetics receiving medication for their illness, 195,492 more mammograms among women age 50-64 years and 443,677 more pap smears among women age 21-64." The study, titled " Health and Financial Harms of 25 States’ Decision to Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion " was just published by Health Affairs .
Dickman, A.B. at Harvard University and Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. at Harvard are two of the co-authors. Almberg is communications director for Physicians for a National Health Program , which released a statement on the study : " The researchers found that because of the  states’ “opting out” of the Medicaid expansion, 7.78 million people who would have gained coverage will remain uninsured."