NEW DATA SHOWS ACA REDUCED RACIAL DISPARITIES IN CANCER TREATMENTS

One of the byproducts of the Affordable Care Act was decreased racial disparities in access to cancer and increased early detection of ovarian cancer as shared in a new report by the Washington Post.

Go on…: According to researchers involved in the racial-disparity study, before the ACA went into effect, African Americans with advanced cancer were 4.8 percentage points less likely to start treatment for their disease within 30 days of being given a diagnosis. But today, black adults in states that expanded Medicaid under the law have almost entirely caught up with white patients in getting timely treatment, researchers said.

Notable Quotes: “What’s new here are findings that the ACA and Medicaid expansions have had specific impacts on patients with cancer, and that’s great.” -Justin Bekelman, a radiation oncologist and health policy professor at the University of Pennsylvania.