U.S. adults whose primary health insurance source is Medicaid are in significantly worse health than those with employer-sponsored coverage — and it's mainly preventable.

A third of Medicaid patients are obese (34 percent) while another 22 percent are being treated for depression and 24 percent are being treated for high blood pressure, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index. Medicaid patients are also more likely suffer from diabetes and asthma.

The research comes just as the Medicaid population is set to grow because of the program's expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a final rule guaranteeing 100 percent funding for new Medicaid beneficiaries as part of the health reform law.

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