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Medi-Cal Expansion Correlates With Spike in ED Visits, Data Show
California Healthline

The number of Medi-Cal beneficiaries who visited the emergency department increased by about 50% from 2013 to 2014, according to data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Payers & Providers reports.

Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. According to the OSHPD data, nearly 800,000 Medi-Cal beneficiaries visited the ED in the first quarter of 2013. By the fourth quarter of 2014, that number increased to about 1.16 million.