Uncompensated Care Costs Fall as ACA Expands Coverage

August 3, 2015

Forbes (Japsen, 8/3) commented that as “hospital operators begin to report second period earnings—the sixth consecutive quarter of new revenue from once uninsured patients—the number and size of unpaid medical bills continues to fall thanks to the Affordable Care Act.” For example, Universal Health Services saw its uncompensated care decline in the second quarter, as it had for the past six quarters. Charity and uncompensated care expenses are falling with the increase in people enrolling in private coverage and more states expanding Medicaid.