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Paying for the uninsured: Safety net hospitals in peril
Hospitals that serve large numbers of the uninsured receive federal “disproportionate share” payments (DSH) to cover the extra costs that this imposes on them. DSH subsidies are the single largest... source of funding for these hospitals (also called "safety net" hospitals). The federal health law assumed the Medicaid expansion would be mandatory, and called for a reduction in DSH payments. The theory was that fewer people would be uninsured when the law takes effect, and safety net hospitals would no longer need as much help to cover the expenses of uncompensated care. But when the Supreme Court has made the law’s Medicaid expansion optional for the states, many of those same hospitals are now worried about their financial futures.This infographic shows which states receive the most federal DSH dollars for their uninsured residents.
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