Medicaid expansion delivers ED care more quickly, study says

From Healthcare Dive:

  • Researchers determined that Medicaid expansion provides patients with greater choice in hospitals and reduced average travel time to emergency departments, according to a study published Tuesday by Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid say a 47.1% drop in uninsured ED visits in the 12 months following expansion and Medicaid visits increased 125.7%.
  • These results show benefits to Medicaid expansion, although expansion has also produced some unanticipated and unintended effects, as well.

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