ED sees influx of patients who have no insurance

From the Merced Sun-Star:

“I think we are seeing in emergency rooms across the country a confluence of factors,” Stoll said. One factor is the loss of COBRA subsidies starting Dec. 1. That loss means many laid-off Californians living on unemployment checks will be using most of that income to pay for health coverage.

COBRA provides certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates.

Another factor, Stoll said, is that some companies are only offering their employees health insurance with large deductibles and co-pays.

“There is a growing trend of people who are facing the double whammy of losing their job and their health insurance,” Stoll said. “And even if you’re employed, if you have a deductible of $5,000, you feel like you have no insurance.”

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