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Medicaid Pays for Nearly Half of All U.S. Births

Medicaid now pays for 48 percent of all births in the U.S., up significantly from past estimates that suggested that the federal programs for low-income people covered roughly 40 percent of all births. And this figure is expected to rise when many states expand their Medicaid programs as provided for in the Affordable Care Act, making more pregnant women eligible for coverage. The figures are for 2010. Because state Medicaid programs typically pay much less than cost for the services hospitals provide, large numbers of Medicaid deliveries can pose a financial challenge to the nation’s private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals. [&hellip

Gap in Reform Law Could Leave Many Low-Income People Uninsured

When the Supreme Court gave states discretion over whether to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, it unintentionally created a gap in potential coverage options for many low-income people that may leave many of those people without affordable health insurance. According to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund, the 2010 reform law anticipated that everyone with incomes below 133 percent of the federal poverty level would be covered by Medicaid.  Individuals and families with incomes between 133 percent and 399 percent of the federal poverty level could use new federal subsidies to help purchase private health [&hellip

Medicaid Expansion to Ease Hospitals’ Uncompensated Care

Hospitals in states that expand their Medicaid programs under provisions of the Affordable Care Act should see a reduction in their uncompensated care once people begin applying for Medicaid benefits. But hospitals in these states will continue to lose money serving Medicaid patients because Medicaid payments seldom cover the cost of the services hospitals provide.  Demand for Medicaid service will grow in these states, moreover, as more people become eligible for benefits and some who have not had regular access to care for years begin to use their new benefits to address long-standing medical problems. Urban safety-net hospitals can expect [&hellip

Medicare Observation Status Explained

Observation status for Medicare patients poses challenges for hospitals and patients alike. Hospitals that make the wrong choice between classifying a Medicare patient as an inpatient or as a patient being held for observation risk not being paid by Medicare, or waiting a long time for payment.  Patients held for observation when they think they have been admitted to the hospital may incur hospital bills and post-discharge costs far greater than those typically associated with Medicare admissions. These challenges can be even greater for urban safety-net hospitals because of the large numbers of low-income elderly patients they serve who are [&hellip

New Member

The National Association of Urban Hospitals is pleased to welcome our newest member:  the Ingalls Memorial Hospital, located in Harvey, Illinois. Welcome!

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