WEB EXTRA: How the Affordable Care Act Could Impact Emergency Departments

Updated: 10/22/2013 11:01 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

The Affordable Care Act is supposed to help alleviate pressure on crowded emergency departments by giving people better access to preventative care and their regular doctors. That may not be the case.

In our 5 EYEWITNESS News series, "ER Emergency" we explain how the Affordable Care Act could impact already busy emergency departments. Our series also investigates a national and state-wide doctors shortage. Finally, we will describe the many solutions underway at local hospitals and clinics.

Click here to watch 'Part 1' of the series.

Links for Part 1: ER Rooms

Data from the State of Massachusetts after they implemented Health Care Reform

CDC Study on Emergency Care

CDC Numbers on Emergency Room Visits

American Hospital Association ER Visits and Departments

Check Local Wait Times

Click here to watch 'Part 2' of the series.

Links for Part 2: Doctor Shortage

Doctor Shortage- Metro Minnesota Council on Graduate Medicine Education

The Affordable Care Act and Primary Care

Nursing Shortage

American Association of College of Nursing: Fact Sheet

American Nurses Association

Nursing Now

Click here to watch 'Part 3' of the series.

Links for Part 3: Solutions

HCMC List of Clinics

HCMC Coordinated Care Center

Fairview Clinics

Zipnosis: Online Treatment and Diagnosis (Fairview)

Fairview - My Health