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Estimating the Affordable Care Act's Impact on Health

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One rarely discussed question about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is: will the law improve the health of those who gain insurance coverage? In a new blog post, The Commonwealth Fund’s David Blumenthal, M.D., and David Squires review the evidence, including findings of a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that estimates increased use of antihypertensive medication obtained through ACA coverage will lead to fewer cases of coronary heart disease, fewer strokes, and fewer deaths by 2050.

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