ER Visits Increase

erAn 18-month study of new Medicaid coverage recipients in Oregon shows a 40% higher utilization of ER services compared to those without insurance. This spike appears to contradict predictions that Medicaid expansion would reduce ER visits and save money for participating states. Expansion supporters believe more walk-in clinics and better communication could alleviate this trend, which is being driven by virtually free ER access. Time will tell, as Oregon has recently developed programs intended to change the patterns of ER use.

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