Extending affordable health coverage to twogroups targeted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Actmay be working to reduce the medical costs of those patients.

The groups — young people under the age of 26 and Medicare patients enrolled in federallydesignated patient-centered medical homes — showed a slightreduction in the number of emergency room visits since they havehad coverage.

The American College of Emergency Physicians released theinformation, drawn from two studies: one by researchers at PurdueUniversity that concentrated on young people; and another fromGeorge Washington University that looked at the older populationgroup.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.