ER care for most plans in the ACA is not free, and, in fact, is usually significantly more costly than primary and specialty care. Why? Because the plans sold in the Marketplace are also sold outside the Marketplace. They look and act like health plans that most people are using right now through their employer-sponsored coverage.
Health insurance is not the ONLY answer to improved health status, but it is a big piece of the puzzle. Insurers can and should educate beneficiaries about appropriate use. Providers are also beginning to understand that they should be open when patients are available. If the patient is working several part-time positions, isn't earning vacation/sick time, then often the ER is the only health care provider that is open when the patient won't face the tough decision to seek health care or risk losing pay.
We're looking forward to reading about record voter turnout -- with or without freebies -- but glad that Palmetto Project's "I Voted" stickers are playing a role!
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