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Study: Healthcare Expansion Won’t Overload Hospitals with Young Mental Health Patients

Critics of healthcare expansion in the U.S. argue that it will increase the number of people who seek treatment in costly emergency rooms.

A Science study published in January found that poor people in the Portland area given Medicaid coverage went to the emergency room 40 percent more than those without health insurance.

Unlike a broken leg, a mental health condition doesn’t have to be treated by an ER doctor. Still, many undiagnosed young adults come in contact with mental health services on an emergency basis.