Addressing Financial Threats Faced by Hospitals

Most of the public is unaware of the financial crisis facing Missouri’s smaller hospitals. Over the next several years, hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, will see major cuts in the federal funds they receive for providing uncompensated care to the indigent and uninsured.

Congress cut these funds under the assumption that expanded Medicaid would take up the slack; that is, more patients would be entering the hospital with Medicaid health coverage. But if Missouri refuses to expand Medicaid those federal Medicaid dollars will not be available to reimburse hospitals.

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