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Hospitals note uptick in ER visits post-Obamacare
The Business Journal

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect last year, hospitals across the Central Valley have seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients visiting their emergency departments. According to annual reports from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, the number of Valley patients paying for emergency department visits out of pocket has decreased across the board. Hospital administrators attribute this to the simultaneous increase in residents having medical insurance through government programs like Medi-Cal.