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Medicaid expansion may prevent child neglect, study shows

from University of Washington via Medical Xpress

More than four million reports of child maltreatment involving about 7.5 million children were made in 2017 to Child Protective Services. While much work has been done to reduce these high rates of child abuse and neglect in the United States, few programs have been consistently effective. Now, new research from the University of Washington suggests that expanding Medicaid may help prevent child neglect. After the expansion of Medicaid in 2014, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, there were 422 fewer cases of neglect per 100,000 children under the age of six reported each year in states that expanded Medicaid than in states that did not. The study was published June 14 in JAMA Network Open. more

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