The Affordable Care Act’s enhancement of access to health insurance, whether through Medicaid expansion or the subsidization of insurance premiums for working-class and some middle-class Americans, has improved the financial health of hospitals. Especially hospitals in Medicaid expansion states. According to a new report from the Urban Institute, Using data through fiscal year 2015, this new analysis finds that the Medicaid expansion under the ACA increased Medicaid revenue by $5.0 million per hospital, reduced costs of uncompensated care by $3.2 million per hospital, and improved average operating margins by 2.5 percentage points. This study also finds that the financial benefits [&hellip
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NAUH does not support the American Health Care Act in its current form, the organization told members of the House of Representatives in a letter it sent yesterday. In its letter, NAUH noted that the recently proposed AHCA would result in millions of Americans, many of them Medicaid beneficiaries and low-income individuals and families, losing their health insurance over the next ten years. Urban safety-net hospitals serve especially large numbers of these patients. In addition, the bill inadequately indexes future growth in federal Medicaid spending; proposed two years of reduced Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) payments in some states; and [&hellip
In a letter to members of Congress and selected congressional staff, NAUH shared its perspective on the American Health Care Act, the legislation Congress is considering as a means of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The letter highlights several aspects of the proposed law NAUH appreciates and points to aspects with which it disagrees, including its failure to restore Medicare DSH payments to pre-Affordable Care Act levels, its continuation of Medicaid DSH cuts in Medicaid expansion states for two more years, and a methodology for indexing future growth in the program’s spending that NAUH believes will leave Medicaid [&hellip
How can you keep score while Congress considers multiple proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act? The Kaiser Family Foundation has just created a new tool that enables users to compare and contrast all of the current repeal and replace proposals: you pick the proposals you want to compare and you select the aspects of those proposals that interest you. Find this new interactive tool here, on the web site of the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The Republican Congress may use the federal budget reconciliation process to repeal some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. But what is the budget reconciliation process and how does it work? Kaiser Health News has created a brief video, with an accompanying transcript, that explains. Find that video here