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Newly eligible Medicaid enrollees healthier than current beneficiaries, study finds
Modern Healthcare

Americans newly eligible to receive Medicaid coverage in states that have opted to expand their coverage beginning next year overall are likely to be healthier than current Medicaid beneficiaries, a study found. And that could significantly lower the cost to the federal government and the states of the coverage expansion.

The study, published in the latest issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, found that newly eligible people are more likely to have an overall better health status than current beneficiaries, with 75% in “very good” or “good” health compared with 65% of current Medicaid recipients having “very good” or “good” health.