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Medicaid expansion refusal hurts hospitals
San Francisco Chronicle

Medical care for which U.S. hospitals receive no payment is at an all-time high, as governors in states including Texas and Mississippi reject funds under the Affordable Care Act that would alleviate the industry’s burden.

Bloomberg’s BGOV Barometer shows that hospitals’ uncompensated care has risen 82 percent since 2000, to $39.3 billion in 2010, the most recent figure available. Uncompensated care, including charity and unpaid bills, made up about 5.8 percent of hospitals’ expenses for the year, according to the American Hospital Association, which reports the data annually.