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The Medicaid cancer gap

The Washington Post, January 6, 2012

A team of researchers in Ohio have found an interesting way to explore how Medicaid coverage impacts the prognosis of a patient diagnosed with cancer. Their study, to be published next month in the journal Cancer, finds that while Medicaid coverage prior to a cancer diagnosis does correlate with a better outcome than no coverage at all, patients in the entitlement program have worse survival rates than Americans with private insurance, or no insurance at all.