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Because federal law requires most hospital emergency rooms to treat everyone, uninsured poor people use emergency rooms to get free care for non-emergency conditions. When the uninsured enroll in Medicaid, do they visit emergency rooms less or more often?

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A recent study of Oregon's Medicaid expansion found that new Medicaid enrollees had a 40% increase in "emergency-department visits across a broad range of types of visits, conditions, and subgroups, including increases in visits for conditions that may be most readily treatable in primary care settings."

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