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September 2, 2015

Report Wonders: Where is the Patient Deluge?

One of the most widely accepted expectations of both proponents and opponents of the 2010 health care law was that health care utilization rates would increase as newly insured persons sought treatment options. However, a report this week from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Athena Health Research does not show a deluge in new patients.

The report indicates that since the start of 2014, specialty physicians are not seeing an increase new patient visits, plus there is no indication from the survey sampling of an increase in gravely ill patients waiting to access health care.

The data from the report does correspond to widely held expectation that the coverage gap has increased between states that have expanded the Medicaid program, and those state that have opted out of an expansion.


July 17, 4:30 p.m. — Corrects names of organizations that produced the report.

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