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Medicaid Expansion Has Also Helped Hospitals That Care for the Poor

Medicaid expansion has also helped hospitals that care for the poor including children

One of the lesser-known aims of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion was to reduce the uncompensated care burden for hospitals treating uninsured or indigent patients. A Commonwealth Fund analysis conducted by researchers with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has found that, in this respect, the expansion has worked according to plan. For hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility, each dollar of uncompensated care costs incurred in 2013 was reduced by 41 cents by 2015.

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