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Early Medicaid Expansions and Drug Overdose Mortality in the USA: a Quasi-experimental Analysis

Atheendar S. Venkataramani, MD, PhD · Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH
Journal of General Internal Medicine · September 20, 2018

Drug overdose mortality rates rose less sharply in three states that expanded Medicaid in the early 2000s as compared to states that did not. These findings suggest that Medicaid expansions were unlikely to have contributed to the subsequent rise in drug overdose deaths and may, in fact, have been protective.