Newly Insured Shift Prescription Trends Substantially

Patients in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility had 25.4% more prescriptions filled than in 2013, compared with a 2.8% prescription increase in states that did not expand eligibility.

The first full year of enrollment under expanded Medicaid and health insurance exchanges had a substantial impact on healthcare spending in 2014.

The rate of uninsured individuals in the United States dropped by 5.1%, as 15.7 million gained health insurance coverage last year under the Affordable Care Act and continued economic recovery, according to an annual medication use report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

Patients in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility had 25.4% more prescriptions filled than in 2013, compared with a 2.8% prescription increase in states that did not expand eligibility.

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