Costs Mount for Non-Medicaid Expansion States

States that chose not to expand their Medicaid programs as permitted under the Affordable Care Act are shouldering greater costs to support hospital uncompensated care than states that did expand.

And taxpayers in those states continue to pay taxes to support public hospitals and uncompensated care programs while also paying taxes to help underwrite the cost of Medicaid services in states that have expanded their Medicaid programs.

These are among the conclusions presented in the article “Not expanding Medicaid can cost local taxpayers,” which was published on the Stateline web site.

The article uses Texas as a case study, detailing the uncompensated care provided by hospitals to the uninsured and the taxes Texans pay to underwrite that care. Despite those costs, and despite the Obama administration’s expressed desire not to continue providing supplemental funds to support uncompensated care payments, Texas appears unlikely to expand its Medicaid program for the foreseeable future.

Learn more about the cost to states and taxpayers of not expanding state Medicaid programs in this Stateline article.

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