Medicaid opt-out means Georgia's largest hospital may cut services

Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta may be forced to cut services in the wake of Georgia's refusal to expand its Medicaid program, the Washington Post reports. The 950-bed hospital provides medical care to more uninsured patients than any other hospital in the state. If Georgia agreed to expand Medicaid, hospital officials told the Post it would cover the 27,000 uninsured patients it now serves and also provide an estimated $60 million in additional funds. In the past the hospital received $90 million in annual payments from the Disproportionate Share Hospital program but those funds will be cut in half by 2018 under the Affordable Care Act. Without the Medicaid expansion, the hospital won't be able to offset its $45 million loss. Article

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