The Affordable Care Act may have increased rates of colon cancer screening among poorer Americans, a new study suggests.
Researchers discovered that overall cancer screening rates among people ages 50 to 75 improved from about 57 percent in 2008 to about 61 percent in 2013, based on data from the National Health Interview Survey. The increase was seen mostly with those of low income, low education level, and Medicare coverage, the study found.
While the study could not prove a strong cause and effect, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, and researchers believe that screening rates increased because of the reduced financial burden under the Act.
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