Study finds link between Medicaid expansion and equity in cancer care

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Racial disparities in timely cancer treatment disappeared in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to an analysis of over 30,000 health records led by researchers at Yale Cancer Center. The findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2019 annual meeting.

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