ACA Behind Rises in Screening
According to a new study published in Cancer, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be behind recent increases in colorectal and breast cancer screening rates among lower-income patient groups. Using data from the National Health Interview Survey (conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau), researchers compared colorectal and breast cancer screening prevalence among the insured (both those covered privately and those covered by Medicare) before and after the ACA went
into effect. The study found that
colorectal cancer screening increased from 57.3 percent of participants before the ACA to 61.2 percent after, largely among low-income and Medicare-insured patients. The authors of the study hypothesized that the increase is due to the ACA removing financial barriers for these patients.