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Copays Don’t Reduce Medicaid Non-urgent ED Visits, Study Says
HealthLeaders Media

Slapping copayments on emergency department visits by Medicaid patients seeking non-urgent care does little or nothing to reduce the costly practice, research shows.

A study this week by Johns Hopkins researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine tracked the use of the emergency department for Medicaid non-urgent care from 2001–2010 in eight states where hospitals were authorized to charge copayments.