KanCare expansionHospitals 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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The national uninsured rate among working- age adults dropped substantially, from 20% to 15%, between July 2013 and June 2014 as an estimated 9.5 million gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey released today. The gains were driven in large part by young adults between the ages of 19 and 34, for whom the uninsured rate fell from 28% to 18%. In states that expanded Medicaid, the uninsured rate for people in poverty fell from 28% to 17%, but there was no significant change in states that did not expand the program. Sixty percent of those with new coverage reported seeing a doctor or filling a prescription.
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