Rural hospitals fret over financial impact of ACA repeal

From Modern Healthcare:

Hospitals and physicians are having a hard time grasping how the Affordable Care Act can be repealed by the Trump administration without a plan to replace or continue coverage for the nearly 20 million Americans who are now insured on the exchanges or through Medicaid expansion in 31 states and the District of Columbia.

But hospitals, especially those in rural areas, could be tremendously hard hit if the replacement rolls back the progress made under the ACA to insure patients and incentivize them to get care before their illnesses require emergency room visits or hospitalization, Annas said.

“Our problem is we don’t have specifics” about Trump’s alternatives, he said.

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