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Uncovered California, part two: emergency rooms see increased numbers after Affordable Care Act
Auburn Journal

Emergency rooms are still swamped in Placer County and beyond. Many visits are from people who have insurance for the first time. Some say patients continue to use the ER because it’s where they’ve always gone; others say patients turn to ERs when doctors are too busy or too far away, and the pain is too great.

When the Affordable Care Act was passed, one of its goals was to move non-urgent patients out of the ER, but a nation-wide study shows ER visits have either increased or stayed the same since January, 2014.