Medicaid cuts tied to delayed breast cancer diagnosis

Tennessee’s 2005 Medicaid rollback could forecast what might happen if GOP health plans become law, some say

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) — As Congress takes aim at replacing “Obamacare,” a new study says Medicaid cuts could boost the number of women diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer.

The study looked at what happened after a budget crunch caused Tennessee to cut nearly 170,000 people from its Medicaid rolls in 2005.

Within the next few years, the researchers found, late-stage breast cancer cases rose in low-income areas of the state.

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