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Wis. study: Better health coverage can save money

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A new study suggests that the cost of expanding health care coverage could be softened by the money saved from fewer high-cost hospital stays.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report (http://bit.ly/11BE8rE ) cites a study led by University of Wisconsin researchers. They analyzed a state insurance program that provided better access to care for low-income adults in Milwaukee County.

They found an increase in visits to clinics and emergency rooms, but far fewer hospitalizations.

UW-Madison public-affairs professor Thomas DeLeire says the study supports the idea that people who are given better access to care can manage their health better.

Benjamin Sommers is a health economist at the Harvard School of Public Health. He says the study suggests that covering vulnerable people can save money in the long run.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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