Expansion Of Medicaid Discussed
Hospitals Losing Millions In Uncompensated Services
Posted: December 24, 2012 at 5 a.m.
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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