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MIT Economist Seeks Facts in Health-Care Policy Debate

 There’s no shortage of theories about health-care policy. Amy Finkelstein wants facts.

Her newest research, based on data from Oregon, builds on her agenda: measuring the effects of health programs with scientific rigor. She and colleagues found that Medicaid coverage increased emergency department visits by 40 percent, according to the latest findings in their continuing study, released yesterday in the journal Science.