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Deflating Hospitals’ Arguments for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion
Posted By Edmund Haislmaier On June 6, 2013 @ 11:55 am In Obamacare | Comments Disabled
The Obamacare Medicaid expansion debate continues in the states, and many hospitals are lobbying their state lawmakers to accept the expansion.
The hospitals argue that because Obamacare cut their payments for charity care—so-called disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments—they need their states to expand Medicaid coverage so as to increase the number of insured patients to make up for the loss of DSH payments.
But this argument is faulty for a variety of reasons; here are the three main ones:
The hospitals made their deal with Congress and the Obama Administration, not with state lawmakers. If they now have a complaint, they should take it to Washington. Their problem is with Obamacare, not with the states.
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 a proposed rule: http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2013-11550_PI.pdf
 a recent investigative study: http://ohio.mediatrackers.org/2013/03/11/ohio-hospitals-net-millions-without-charity-care-funding/
 report: http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/650322.pdf
 reported: http://www.gao.gov/assets/600/592785.pdf
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