There is growing evidence that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped to reduce the number of uninsured adults, particularly in States that implemented the ACA’s Medicaid expansions. Research has also begun to show how the ACA’s changes in coverage are altering the way U.S. health care is financed. In a recent Health Affairs article, for example, Sayeh Nikpay and coauthors use data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Hospital Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) to show declines in the share of hospitalizations that are uninsured, and increases in the Medicaid share, in states that expanded Medicaid.
A Changing Coverage Mix For Ambulatory Care
Now, findings we published this week in an AHRQ statistical brief offer new insights into the changes that have occurred in the coverage mix of ambulatory care.
Our study examined ambulatory visits, including physician and emergency department visits, among adults …
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In Medicaid Expansion States, Uninsured Adults' Share of Physician and ED Visits Has Declined – Health Affairs (blog)