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Risk of Diabetes Mellitus Among Medicaid Beneficiaries in Hawaii
Diabetes prevalence in Hawaii was significantly higher among the Medicaid population than among the non-Medicaid population. Researchers examined 2013 through 2015 data from the Hawaii Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. They found that the Hawaiian Medicaid population was younger, was less educated, had more health impairments, was more likely to be obese, and was more likely to be of Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (NH/OPI) descent than the non-Medicaid population. This study was the first to compare the adult Medicaid and adult non-Medicaid populations in Hawaii on demographic characteristics and association with diabetes after the Medicaid question was added.
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