Forbes: Red States Pressured To Expand Medicaid As Care Contrasts Emerge

Bruce Japsen

Pressure is building on states to go along with the expansion of Medicaid benefits under the Affordable Care Act as new studies and financial reports from health care companies point out stark differences between states treating more poor Americans and those that aren’t.

One of the nation’s largest hospital operators, Tenet Healthcare THC -0.65% (THC), last week opened a window into the differences for patients and hospital financial coffers between those states with Medicaid dollars and those without.

“In our five states that expanded Medicaid in 2014, we benefited from a significant migration of patients from uninsured into Medicaid with a 54% decline in uninsured admissions and a 27% decline in uninsured outpatient visits,” Tenet chief executive Trevor Fetter said during the company’s second-quarter earningscall last week.

Continue reading here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2014/08/10/red-states-pressured-to-expand-medicaid-as-care-contrasts-emerge/

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