Study finds increased hospital use following Medicaid expansion is mostly temporary

October 14, 2014

The expansion of Medicaid to millions of uninsured people will not have the catastrophic impact some predicted for state budgets because the increases in hospital and emergency room usage are only temporary, according to a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The surge in hospital use, researchers noted, did not last long once people received coverage. Findings suggest that early and significant investments in infrastructure and in improving the process of care delivery can effectively address the pent-up demand for healthcare services of previously uninsured people.