Affordable Care Act

Main Points

  • Health insurance coverage does not equal access to medical care — Emergency visits have increased at twice the rate of the U.S. population, and they will continue to increase, despite the ACA.
  • Three-quarters of emergency physicians are already seeing an increase in patients in their emergency departments since the implementation of the ACA.
  • ACEP advocated for provisions in the ACA, such as inclusion of emergency services as an essential part of any health benefits package and the prudent layperson standard, which guarantees health plans base coverage on a patient’s symptoms, not final diagnosis.
  • Rather than trying to keep people out of emergency departments, policymakers must recognize the value of this model of medicine that people want and clearly need.
Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet

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