The intersection of Medicaid and opioids
A bottle of oxycodone. Photo: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images
New research in JAMA Network Open finds the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid to more low-income people did not significantly change painkiller prescriptions, and may have increased access to a drug that helps with opioid addiction.
The bottom line: Medicaid expansion is still not the cause of the opioid crisis.