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Supreme Court Decision Has Huge Medicaid Implications

When the Supreme Court rules on the challenge to the Affordable Care Act, its decision will have enormous implications for states, low-income and uninsured people, and health care providers.

gavelAmong the many features of the health care reform act on which the Supreme Court will rule is the single biggest expansion of eligibility since Medicaid was introduced in the mid-1960s.

As they await the court’s decision, many states already are laying the groundwork for the addition of between 15 million and 20 million people to the nation’s Medicaid rolls.

Urban safety-net hospitals, too, have a considerable stake in the court’s decision.  If the court finds the law constitutional or does not overturn its Medicaid component, these hospitals may see a major new influx of Medicaid patients.  In some cases, those patients may be people who are new to the health care system.  In others, urban safety-net hospitals may find themselves being paid for care they provide to patients who in the past came to their doors without insurance.

The New York Times has taken a closer look at the stakes in the court’s upcoming decision.  Read that Times article here.

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