Patients slip through healthcare’s safety net amid Medicaid financing debate

Modern Healthcare

By: Alex Kacik

The trade-off seemed simple in theory—hospitals would need less federal funding when the Affordable Care Act extended coverage to millions of Americans.

“The biggest lifeline for hospitals would be for states to expand Medicaid, particularly those in rural areas,” said Edwin Park, a research professor at Georgetown University who specializes in Medicaid financing.

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