Suicide rates slow in states that expanded Medicaid: study

Story at a glance
  • Suicide rates have been steadily increasing in the U.S. since 1999.
  • Rising prevalence of mental health disorders along with a relative shortage of providers compound this epidemic.
  • But new research reveals Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was associated with hundreds of fewer suicide deaths over a period of four years.

Suicide remains one of the leading ca...