Expanding Medicaid doesn’t reduce ER trips. It increases them.

January 2, 2014 7:02 PM

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Expanding Medicaid doesn’t reduce ER trips. It increases them.

As the health-care law expands Medicaid to cover millions more Americans, a new Harvard University study finds that enrollment in public program significantly increases enrollees' use of emergency departments.

The research, published Thursday in the journal Science, showed a 40 percent increase in emergency department visits among those low-income adults in Oregon who gained Medicaid coverage in 2008 through a state lottery. This runs counter to some health-care law supporters' hope that Medicaid coverage...

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