In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a significant decline occurred between 2011-13 and 2014 in the percentage of physician and emergency department visits by people who were uninsured, according to a new AHRQ analysis. Physician visits by the uninsured decreased from 8 percent in 2011-2013 to 6 percent in 2014, according to the AHRQ statistical brief. Meanwhile, uninsured patients’ visits to emergency departments fell from 20 percent to 11 percent during the same period. Authors conducted the study by examining data from AHRQ’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, the only national data source measuring how Americans use and pay for medical care, health insurance and out-of-pocket spending. Access the statistical brief, Insurance Coverage of Ambulatory Care Visits in the Last Six Months of 2011-13 and 2014, by Medicaid Expansion Status, or learn more from a blog post by the statistical brief authors in Health Affairs.
In Medicaid Expansion States, Uninsured Adults’ Share of Physician and ED Visits Has Declined