Study Finds States With Expanded Medicaid Experiencing Bump In ER Volume

Mealey's (June 12, 2015, 4:32 PM EDT) -- GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — States with expanded Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) saw a threefold increase in emergency-department visits over nonexpansion states in the second quarter of 2014, according to a Sept. 8, 2014, study.

Expansion states saw a 5.6 percent increase in emergency department visits, while nonexpansion states saw only a 1.8 percent increase, according to the study.

The study’s authors, the Colorado Hospital Association, said the 5.6 percent increase was “greater than expected from the variation over the last...
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