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Doctors: State plan to limit Medicaid ER trips risks lives

Doctors: State plan to limit Medicaid ER trips risks lives

Source: Seattle Times

Washington state's plan to cut Medicaid would limit emergency room visits for children with potentially serious conditions. With doctors' offices open limited hours and parents often working odd hours, many are forced to get care at the ER, says Dr. Tony Woodward, emergency-services medical director for Seattle Children's Hospital. If the new rules scare parents into staying away, he said, the result could be increases in significant illness and even death.