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State Medicaid Expansion Decisions and Disparities in Womens Cancer Screening

October 2014

Lindsay Sabik, Wafa Tarazi, Cathy Bradley


The article argues that a lack of Medicaid leads to lower screening rates. States that expand their Medicaid programs are likely to see increases in their screenings of breast and cervical cancer.

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Policy Implications

The states that have chosen not to expand their Medicaid programs are continuing to put lower-income and under/uninsured women at risk by not providing cancer screenings. This may lead to the widening of racial and income disparities within the United States.

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