If you go to the hospital this year, there will likely be a small decrease in your bill from previous years.
That’s because hospitals in Kentucky saw the lowest rates of charity care in 2015 since before Medicaid expansion went into effect four years ago.
But it might not last.
Charity care refers to the services hospitals provide patients who can’t pay because they don’t have insurance. Hospitals get paid back for this partially by the state and federal government, but they pass the remaining cost on to insured people.
In 2015, Kentucky hospitals had $552 million in charity care costs, compared with $2.4 billion four years ago.
A big reason for the dip is likely from the state’s expanded Medicaid program. Click here to read the full article>>