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Hospitals Reduce Charity Care To Encourage ACA Exchange Coverage
California Healthline

Hospital systems across the country are reducing the amount of financial assistance to low- and middle-income patients who are uninsured, in the hopes of encouraging such patients to enroll in coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reports.

Hospitals are restricting their charity care programs primarily because of increasing costs, the Times reports. Hospitals always have had to cover at least some of the cost of such programs, which were offset partially by federal assistance.