By Sam Baker - 08/08/11 04:16 PM EDT
Low-income uninsured people lack access to basic preventive care, Mendelson said — so the discrepancy between newly eligible and existing patients could be even greater than what Avalere found. Its study relied on self-reported health status, but uninsured people often have health conditions that haven’t been diagnosed.
Mendelson said the findings underscore the importance of ensuring that healthcare plans cover preventive services, which can help reduce costs in the long run.
Average costs for the uninsured are also higher because the population doesn’t contain many children.