Trouble getting a doctor’s appointment may drive Medicaid enrollees to opt for the ER

The expansion of Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, gave millions of low-income Californians access to health insurance, but this study conducted in Northern California found that new patients may have to wait up up to a month for an appointment with a participating primary care provider, depending on their county of residence. It is not uncommon for Medi-Cal enrollees to visit emergency rooms if they require more immediate care.