Hospitals' uncompensated care costs fell by $7.4B last year

Uncompensated care costs at U.S. hospitals fell by an estimated $7.4 billion in 2014 due to the expansion of healthcare coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a recent report from HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

ASPE estimated hospitals' uncompensated care costs would have been $34.7 billion in 2014 if the uninsured rate had remained at its 2013 level. However, actual uncompensated care costs for 2014 were estimated to be $27.3 billion.

The majority of the estimated savings ($5 billion) came from states that have expanded Medicaid, representing a 26 percent reduction in uncompensated care costs in those states.

There was also an estimated $5.5 billion reduction in charity care costs at hospitals across the country in 2014, according to the report.

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