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Fewer Uninsured Are Going To The Hospital In States That Expanded Medicaid

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Hospital Corporation of America executives said uninsured admissions dropped 29 percent in states that expanded Medicaid, but actually increased by 5.9 percent in non-expanding states.

Community Health Systems reported that self-pay admissions -- frequently uninsured -- fell 28 percent in Medicaid-expanding states, while their self-pay emergency room visits declined by 16 percent in those states but rose in states that declined to expand Medicaid.

Finally, Tenet Healthcare detected a 33 percent drop in its uninsured visits in expanding states, but a 2 percent bump in non-expanding states.

Those drops in uninsured visits were typically paired with an increase in Medicaid-paid visits, up to 22 percent, in expanding states.