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Sun May 26, 2019, 09:58 AM

Many Medicaid expansion patients have diabetes, cancer, addiction, new data shows

More than 280,000 people have signed up for Medicaid now that Virginia has expanded the program, and the state is starting to get a clearer picture of what sort of illnesses the new enrollees are dealing with.

According to new data that Dr. Jennifer Lee, director of the state’s Medicaid program, presented to the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, in January and February more than 175,000 of the new members visited a provider.

During that same time period, more than 81,000 received a prescription, Lee told lawmakers.

“This is probably higher at this point in time,” she said. As of the beginning of March, about 240,000 adults had signed up for the program, according to the state’s new Medicaid expansion dashboard.

Read more: https://www.virginiamercury.com/2019/05/21/thousands-of-medicaid-expansion-patients-have-diabetes-cancer-addiction-new-data-shows/

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