Safety Net Hospitals Perform Well Even Without Medicaid Expansion

in some of the largest states that did not expand Medicaid, many safety-net hospitals fared pretty well last year-even better than in 2013 in many cases.

Hospitals that treat many poor and uninsured patients were expected to face tough financial times in states that did not expand Medicaid under the federal law known as Obamacare.

That’s because they would get less Medicare and Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act, while still having to provide high levels of charity care.

But in some of the largest states that did not expand Medicaid, many safety-net hospitals fared pretty well last year—even better than in 2013 in many cases, according to their financial documents. Kaiser Health News looked at the performance of about a dozen such hospitals in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, and Kansas, which released their 2014 financial results.

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