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Medicaid ‘Cliff’ Adds to Racial and Ethnic Disparities for Low-Income Older Adults

April 11, 2023

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5-15 mins
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Presented by Health Lab

According to recent research, Black and Hispanic older adults whose annual income is slightly above the federal poverty level are more likely than their white peers to face cost-related barriers to accessing health care and filling medications for chronic conditions. Researchers at the University of Michigan, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburg Medical, analysis links these disparities to a Medicaid “cliff”, an abrupt end to supplemental Medicaid insurance if a person’s income rises above the federal poverty threshold.

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