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Because federal law requires most hospital emergency rooms to treat everyone, uninsured poor people often use ERs to get free care for non-emergency conditions. When such people receive Medicaid coverage, do they visit ERs less often?

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A 2014 study of Oregon's Medicaid expansion found that new Medicaid enrollees had a 40% increase in ER visits during their first year of coverage. Many healthcare analysts assumed this would decrease with time, but a 2016 study examined another year of data and found that it did not.

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