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Medicaid Expansion States See Uptick in ER Visits

from HealthLeaders Media

States that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act saw 2.5 emergency department visits more per 1,000 people after 2014, while the share of ED visits by the uninsured decreased by 5.3 percent, according to a study in Annals of Emergency Medicine. "Medicaid expansion had a larger impact on the healthcare system in places where more people were expected to gain coverage," study lead author Sayeh Nikpay, PhD, of Vanderbilt University, said in remarks accompanying the study. more


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