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Expanding Medicaid Trims Hospitals’ Costs Of Caring For Uninsured
National Public Radio

When patients show up in the hospital without health insurance, they often receive charity care — the hospital treats the person and then swallows some or all of the costs.

It’s central to the mission of many nonprofit hospitals, particularly those serving low-income areas.

“That’s why we’re here, that’s what we’re all about, and our patients count on us for that care,” says Johnny Smith, who represents Ascension Health, a not-for-profit Catholic health care system that operates 131 acute-care hospitals in 16 states and the District of Columbia.