Law Will Shift Demographics For Medicaid Toward Healthier Group, Study Finds β Capsules - The KHN Blog
David Rider stashed this in Healthcare
Using statistics from theΒ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the authors found that the group of newly eligible individuals is:
- About 36 years old on average, compared with about 39 years old for the current enrollees.
- Approximately 59 percent non-Hispanic white, compared with about 50 percent in the existing group.
- Equally split between males and females, compared with about 67 percent female and 33 percent male in the current Medicaid population.
- More likely to smoke and drink, but also more likely to have lower rates of obesity and diabetes.
βItβs really a game changer,β said Dr. Tammy Chang, a lead author of the report. βA lot of providers think of Medicaid as people who take a lot of time to see, who use a lot of resources.β
She said the stereotypes of the Medicaid population β high-risk, chronically ill β affect the way doctors and health care systems view treatment for these beneficiaries since the costs of those patients is often higher. A shift in the demographics could also mean a greater focus on prevention and family care, rather than chronic disease.
Seems like this is one of the main benefits of moving to the new system.