Arizona’s Ducey cites ‘Obamacare’ harm in seeking repeal, but law’s positives complicate issue
Jan 27, 2017 Ronald Hansen and Ken Alltucker: “Arizona’s Ducey cites ‘Obamacare’ harm in seeking repeal, but law’s positives complicate issue.” The Arizona Republic | azcentral.
With more than a half-million Arizona residents gaining health coverage through the health law’s marketplace, Medicaid expansion and KidsCare restoration, fewer uninsured patients are leaving behind unpaid bills. Hospitals must assess and stabilize all patients who seek care, regardless of their ability to pay.
A statewide survey showed Arizona hospitals have significantly reduced unpaid bills since ACA coverage expansion began Jan. 1, 2014. Arizona hospitals reported uncompensated care of $395 million in fiscal year 2016, down from $746 million in 2014, according to the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association survey.
“The data is unequivocal on this,” said Dr. Daniel Derksen, a University of Arizona professor and director of the Center for Rural Health.