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    Affordable Care Act: A work in progress

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    A couple of areas that have not received a great deal of attention will affect physicians. Some states previously turned down federal assistance for Medicaid, which, according to Dr. Clarkson, may have a real impact, leaving many patients unfunded.

    “Medicaid will not be available for the uninsured in almost half the states, because of the refusal of federal funding,” he said.

    Another disparity results from decreases in disproportionate share payments—i.e., government funding of public hospitals or hospitals that provide an unusual amount of care to unfunded or underfunded patients. It was presumed that the ACA was going to provide either Medicaid or medical insurance for many of the uninsured, Dr. Clarkson explained, and the hospitals agreed to a reduction in disproportionate share payments.

    “Hospitals in states that refused the federal Medicaid subsidy may be impacted heavily by decreases from $50 to $100 million annually because of the decrease in the disproportionate share payments,” he said. “This clearly will impact the care of those who need it the most.”

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