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Hospitals face dual threat if states don’t expand Medicaid: Moody’s
Modern Healthcare

Hospitals located in states that elect not to expand their Medicaid programs could find their bottom lines squeezed in the coming years as they’re hit with higher charity-care costs and fewer insured patients. A report from Moody’s Investors Service estimated that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is expected to eliminate more than $17 billion in annual aid by 2019 when the government reduces its disproportionate-share hospital payments, which compensate facilities that treat large numbers of low-income patients.

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