PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania hospitals have seen a steep drop in uncompensated care, resulting in a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial savings underneath the Reasonably priced Care Act. That’s one cause hospitals are involved concerning the newest effort to repeal the Act.
The Pennsylvania Hospital and Healthsystem Affiliation noticed the primary lower in uncompensated care in 15 years in 2015 — the yr the state expanded Medicaid — and a good greater drop in 2016, as 1.1 million Pennsylvanians acquired protection. Coverage director Jeff Bechtel says the Philadelphia space had a number of the largest financial savings.
“Uncompensated care dropped by 12.three % in 2015 and from ’15 to ’sixteen was truly down by 18.9 %,” Bechtel stated.
That’s precisely what the Reasonably priced Care Act was designed to do, so Bechtel says hospitals are involved concerning the present proposal, backed by the extremely-conservative Home Freedom Caucus, that may take away the ban on denying protection for pre-present circumstances.
“We’re towards modifications to the ACA that scale back insurance coverage protection,” he stated.
Bechtel says it might be particularly devastating to small group hospitals.