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Report projects decrease in uncompensated care, but Connecticut group has doubts

The cost of health care
The cost of health care

HARTFORD, Conn. – A report released last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projected that hospitals will save $5.7 billion in uncompensated care costs because of the Affordable Care Act.

The report, which is based on projections from large national hospital groups, concludes that states like Connecticut that expanded Medicaid eligibility will see greater savings compared to states that did not expand Medicaid.

“Hospitals have long been on the front lines of caring for the uninsured, who often cannot pay the full costs of their care,” HHS Secretary M. Sylvia Burwell said in a press release. “Today’s news is good for families, businesses, and taxpayers alike. It’s yet another example of how the Affordable Care Act is working in terms of affordability, access, and quality.”

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy applauded the news.

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One response to “Report projects decrease in uncompensated care, but Connecticut group has doubts”

  1. Casey Smith

    It’s yet another example of how the Affordable Care Act is working in terms of affordability, access, and quality.”
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    Interesting. Now the hospitals are sending financial staff into the emergency room to ask patients how they intend pay the bill. Somehow that doesn’t seem affordable to me.

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