Moody's: Obama's Second Term is Credit Neutral for Non-Profit Hospitals

President Barack Obama's re-election was a major event for the entire country, but it's a relatively neutral event for the credit of non-profit hospitals, according to a report from Moody's Investors Service.

Moody's analysts said President Obama's healthcare policies, primarily the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, had already been factored into the non-profit hospital industry's outlook. Since the PPACA will move forward, the same credit risks remain for those organizations, according to the report.

The biggest long-term credit negatives for hospitals are embedded within the PPACA, such as $150 billion of reduced Medicare reimbursements to hospitals over 10 years and $14 billion of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts. However, Moody's analysts said the individual mandate will at least be a "discreet credit positive" for the non-profit hospital sector as millions of individuals will gain access to health insurance starting in 2014.

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