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ACA will cost Kentucky hospitals $7B

Kentucky is the first Southern state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but the healthcare reform law has Bluegrass State hospitals in dire straits, according to a new report from the Kentucky Hospital Association.

Hospitals reap rewards of Medicaid expansion

Post-Affordable Care Act, discharges and revenue are up and care costs for low-income patients are down, at least in states that expanded their Medicaid programs, according to a new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Cleveland Clinic sees steep drop in uncompensated care

The Cleveland Clinic reports its charity care expenditures are down significantly, from $101 million last year from $171 million in 2013.

NC hospitals pull back on patient lawsuits

For years North Carolina hospitals would sue patients if they couldn't pay their bills, sometimes even for nominal amounts. But it appears that acute care institutions in the Tar Heel State are rethinking that strategy.

Sen. Grassley furious that hospitals sue low-income patients

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has expressed astonishment that not-for-profit hospitals garnish the wages of low-income patients who should have qualified for charity care at the institutions where they received treatment, according to NPR  and  ProPublica.  

An interview with K.B. Forbes, advocate for the uninsured

A recent study in Health Affairs had some eyebrow-raising data. A nearly decade-old law on the books in California regulating how much hospitals can charge uninsured patients has helped to...

Hospital uses for-profit subsidiary to sue patients, garnish their wages

Mosaic Life Care, not-for-profit hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri, used a for-profit subsidiary to systematically sue and obtain judgments from about 6,000 patients over the past five years, ProPublica has reported.

Hospitals ride drug-discount program to big profits

Hospitals actually profit from a drug-discount program developed for low-income and uninsured patients because the program expanded to serve a richer, better-insured patient base, according to a study published in  Health Affairs.  

Jackson Health comes under fire for charity care policies

Florida's biggest safety-net hospital puts low-income patients through a bureaucratic ringer in order for them to apply and obtain charity care, Kaiser Health News and the Miami Herald  reported.

Some hospitals pull back on charity care

In light of the millions of low-income Americans who now qualify for free or heavily subsidized health insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, some hospital operators reconsider their charity care policies for those who refuse to obtain coverage.