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Study finds broad rise in medication use by those newly joining Medicaid

from The New York Times

People newly covered by Medicaid drove a significant increase in prescription drug use in 2014, even as those with private commercial coverage filled fewer prescriptions and, over all, patients did not visit the doctor as often, according to a new report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, which tracks the health industry. The report, released recently, offers a window into how consumers used their insurance in 2014, the first full year after millions of Americans gained coverage through the health care law, which expanded eligibility for Medicaid in many states and set up marketplaces where consumers could shop for insurance. more

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