December 8, 2022
  • Hospitals in some non-Medicaid expansion states are pitching expansion to help solve the rural health crisis. According to state projections, expansion could generate $1 billion a year and create more than 11,000 jobs in Mississippi, $32 million in savings of over the first two years of a limited expansion in Wyoming, and reduce the $7 billion in uncompensated care in Texas. However, Republican lawmakers in those states continue to oppose enlarging their Medicaid rolls, citing higher state costs of covering a bigger population. Some state hospital associations are seeking other types of relief, from cuts in hospital bed taxes or higher reimbursements for existing Medicaid beneficiaries. (Article here)