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Hospitals in states that chose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw more Medicaid patients and fewer self-pay and charity care cases in the first quarter of the year, according to a new study released by the Colorado Hospital Association. Analysts examined 465 hospitals across 30 states and found the Medicaid proportion of total charges increased 29% between first-quarter 2013 and first-quarter 2014 in expansion states, while the self-pay proportion of charges fell 25% and the average charity care per hospital fell 30%. Hospitals in the states that chose not to expand saw only normal variation in the measures. "These findings not only affirm that more people are finding health care coverage who didn't have it before, but also that it is having a positive impact by reducing the levels of uncompensated care at hospitals, which could further efforts to reduce health care costs," said CHA President and CEO Steven Summer.

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