Hospitals Reconsidering Charity Care Policies?

In the wake of Affordable Care Act policies that enhance access to health insurance, hospitals around the country are beginning to take a second look at their charity care policies.

iStock_000001497717XSmallSome are charging co-pays to uninsured patients; others are moving the line at which they provide free or subsidized care.

Such practices are not occurring in great numbers and do not yet constitute a trend, but they do reflect a growing concern among hospitals that some of their uninsured patients have options they are choosing not to exercise.

The New York Times has taken a look at a few hospitals that have reconsidered their long-time charity care policies.  Read its report here.

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