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MAY 06, 2013 - Time

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Viewpoint: Medicaid-Based Improvements in Depression Can Lead to Broader Health Benefits

Improvements in treating depression could lead to broader benefits in other health outcomes. A new study of Oregon’s expansion of Medicaid disappointed advocates by failing to find improvements in health measures like high blood pressure and cholesterol within two years— but it did show a 30% reduction in depression rates. While these results are far from ideal, we shouldn’t underestimate the broader and long term impact—in both health and human costs— that simply cutting depression could have. According to the World Health Organization [PDF], depression is the leading cause of disability ... Read More

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