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Use of copays do not reduce Medicaid members use of ERs

JAMA internal Medicine published a study conducted by Johns Hopkins Researchers showing that Medicaid copayments do not significantly reduce Medicaid recipients’ use of emergency rooms.  “Our study suggests they will need to look at other strategies besides requiring copayments. There was little evidence that cost-sharing would have any impact on the use of emergency rooms by poor people, who often have few other health care options,” said the lead author of the study.

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