There’s yet more evidence that a state’s decision to expandMedicaid as permitted under Obamacare will lead to a healthierpopulation in that state.

Quest Diagnostics recently looked into the number of newlyreported diabetes cases in states that have expandedMedicaid and those that have not. The research revealed thatMedicaid expansion states are experiencing a flood of new diabetesdiagnoses, while those that have not agreed to expand the coveragearen’t reporting increases.

The findings were dramatic: The number of newly diagnosedpatients in the Medicaid expansion states surged by 23percent, compared to less than 1 percent in the non-expansionstates. A total of nearly 30,000 Americans were diagnosed withdiabetes during the study period (first six months of 2013 comparedto 2014).

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.