Charity care drops in states expanding Medicaid, study finds

June 5, 2014 4:16 PM

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Charity care drops in states expanding Medicaid, study finds

States that participated in the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act saw significant decreases in the number of uninsured patients seeking care and the amount of charity care given by hospitals in the first quarter of 2014, according to a new study by the Colorado Hospital Association.

The CHA analyzed data from more than two dozen states, including both those that did and did not opt to expand Medicaid, and found those that had expanded Medicaid saw a 30% drop in average charity care per hospital, from $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2013 to $1.9 million in the first quarter...

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