Expansion Of Medicaid Discussed

Hospitals Losing Millions In Uncompensated Services

Posted: December 24, 2012 at 5 a.m.

Jennifer Jennings, nurse practitioner, checks Sophia Sanchez’s breathing Thursday while giving the Rogers resident an examination at Community Clinic in Rogers.

Uninsured state residents cost hospitals millions of dollars in uncompensated services and raise health insurance rates to help compensate for lost revenue, state officials said. Some of the richest counties in the state have the highest uninsured rates.

At A Glance

Health Care Changes

The extension of Medicaid and the implementation of the health care exchange in Arkansas would:

• Qualify 16,755 adults between the ages of 18 to 64 for Medicaid in Washington County and 16,565 for exchange subsidies to purchase insurance.

• Qualify 13,266 adults between the ages of 18 to 64 for Medicaid in Benton County and 15,969 for exchange subsidies to purchase insurance.

• Save the state $372 billion between 2014 and 2021.

Sources: Staff Report

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