Study Finds Medicaid Work Requirements Will Harm Hospitals

March 18, 2019
Medicaid work requirements will increase uncompensated-care costs, hurt hospitals’ operating margins and disproportionately harm rural hospitals, according to a Commonwealth Fund study. The study also projects that the negative impact will be most pronounced on hospitals in Kentucky, which is one of the states pushing most aggressively to implement work requirements. The projected increase in hospitals’ uncompensated-care costs could range from 13 percent to 158 percent, depending on the state, the Commonwealth Fund concluded. The study analyzed the likely effects...

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