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Public-hospitals group warns uncompensated-care costs could rise
Modern Healthcare

U.S. hospitals could face as much as $53.3 billion in additional costs of uncompensated care by 2019 because fewer Americans will get coverage under the Medicaid expansion envisioned by the healthcare reform law, according to new findings from the nation’s safety net providers. The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems calculated that figure using data from the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Hospital Association to put a dollar amount on what hospitals could expect if states choose not to expand their Medicaid programs.