Impact of Comprehensive Health Insurance on Quality of Life in Low-Income Hispanic Men with Prostate Cancer

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      To evaluate the effect of the transition from IMPACT, a disease-focused treatment program, to comprehensive health insurance under Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on general and prostate cancer-specific quality of life (QoL) on a cohort of previously uninsured low-income men. We hypothesize that general QoL would improve and prostate cancer-specific QoL would remain the same after the transition to comprehensive health insurance.


      We assessed and compared general QoL using the RAND SF-12v2™ (12-Item Short Form Survey, version 2) and prostate cancer-specific QoL using the UCLA PCI (Prostate Cancer Index) one year before, at, and one year after the transition between 30 men who transitioned to comprehensive insurance (newly insured/Medicaid group) and 54 men who remained in the prostate cancer program (uninsured/IMPACT group). We assessed the independent effects of Medicaid coverage on QoL outcomes using repeated-measures regression.


      Our cohort was composed primarily of Hispanic men (82%). At transition, patient demographics and clinical characteristics were similar between the groups. General and prostate cancer-specific QoL did not differ between the groups and remained stable over time, Radical prostatectomy as primary treatment and shorter time since treatment were associated with worse urinary and sexual function across both groups and over all three time points.


      Those who transitioned to full-scope insurance and those who remained in the free prostate cancer-focused treatment program had stable general and prostate cancer-specific QoL. High-touch navigation aspects of a disease-focused program may have contributed to stability in outcomes.

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