November 5, 2020, U.S. News, Steven Reinberg – Expanded Medicaid passed in some states as part of the Affordable Care Act has significantly reduced deaths from newly diagnosed breast, lung and colon cancers, a new study finds. Death rates from these cancers are lower in states that opted for expanded Medicaid than in those that didn’t. The positive trend is largely due to earlier diagnosis, which increases the odds of survival, the researchers said. Expanded Medicaid captures more low-income people by including those at or below 138% of the federal poverty level. Earlier studies have shown that Medicaid is associated with increased cancer screening and earlier diagnosis. View Story.