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Hospitals Look to Health
Law, Cutting Charity

New York Times, by Abby Goodnough

Original Article

Posted By:pineledger, 5/26/2014 8:46:49 AM

Hospital systems around the country have started scaling back financial assistance for lower- and middle-income people without health insurance, hoping to push them into signing up for coverage through the new online marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act. The trend is troubling to advocates for the uninsured, who say raising fees will inevitably cause some to skip care rather than buy insurance that they consider unaffordable. Though the number of hospitals tightening access to free or discounted care appears limited so far, many say they are considering doing so, and experts predict that stricter policies will become increasingly common.

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It´s the Chicago way.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Starlady, 5/26/2014 9:13:44 AM     (No. 9862182)

I guess they didn´t get the message that the "marketplace" is closed until this Fall. Are they supposed to be like our veterans and wait months for medical care?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ramona, 5/26/2014 9:27:47 AM     (No. 9862196)

Disdain for private charity is a main precept of progressive thought.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 5/26/2014 10:59:42 AM     (No. 9862295)

Obamacare Macht Frei.
You voted for it.
You own it.
Live or die with it!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: AltaD, 5/26/2014 11:06:00 AM     (No. 9862301)

FTA: ... gives all uninsured patients a 25 percent discount on the billed charges, regardless of their income.

If I ran a hospital I´d eliminate, not reduce, this discount. Even before ACA there was no reason to give someone who is employed, but too cheap or irresponsible to purchase insurance, a discount.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: marthaville, 5/26/2014 1:39:10 PM     (No. 9862495)

#4 you no doubt are either covered by Medicare or employer provided health insurance. How about you dig into your pocket and pay $1,000 a month for your health insurance along with a $5,000 annual deductible.

You must think everyone makes as much money as you do. Things will likely change for you when the employer mandate kicks in and your employer is faced with providing health insurance coverage that includes the magic eleven essential benefits. Whether you or your employer wants them or not.

All the criticism of individuals and the ability or inability of individuals to purchase Obamacare approved health insurance comes from the 85% to 88% of Americans who have health insurance paid for by someone else. You, #4 AldaD, are one of those ignorant critics. Try paying for your own health insurance, then we´ll talk.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: AltaD, 5/27/2014 11:12:27 AM     (No. 9863291)

If you read the article you´d see that they are talking about people with jobs who do not have insurance. These are not the unemployed or the indigent, they are people who have chosen to be irresponsible and live without health insurance and then are rewarded by hospitals with a discount, a discount that is not offered to those of us who pay our monthly premiums, co-pays, co-insurance, not to mention the thousands in deductibles.

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