Tuesday, March 14, 2006

ER Medicaid Boost in NY

From WCAX.com:

Hospitals may be getting more money for emergency care for the poor.

For the first time in 15 years, both the Republican-led Senate and Democratic-controlled Assembly have raised the per-visit rate.

The current rate for Medicaid patients is 95 dollars. The proposed rate would be 150 dollars.

Lawmakers estimate the rate increase would cost 23 (m) million dollars.

Hospital advocacy groups say raising the rate will free up money to improve care in other areas.

The cost of an emergency room visit is now estimated at 400 dollars.

Emergency rooms are often used by the uninsured and poor for a range of medical care.


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