GraceMed http://kmuw.org en Affordable Care Act May Prevent Trips To The ER http://kmuw.org/post/affordable-care-act-may-prevent-trips-er <p>The Affordable Care Act may make it easier to get preventative care for many people who may now be using the emergency room. People who put off getting check-ups and tests for minor issues can find themselves with a serious illness. Even a bad tooth, if it is ignored, can manifest into a life-threatening situation.<br /><br />Joseph Akif, director of nursing for emergency services at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, says that when the economic crisis hit in 2008, the emergency department saw an increase in these kinds of patients. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:50:42 +0000 Aileen LeBlanc 23887 at http://kmuw.org Affordable Care Act May Prevent Trips To The ER