The group on Wednesday profiled two women, one from
States choosing to not expand the program site cost concerns, as the federal government shoulders 100 percent of the cost for the first three years only. This will slowly step down to 90 percent in the years following.
"I hurt 24/7," she said on a conference call with reporters. "I'm not looking for a handout. I just want access to affordable health care."
Her story contrasts with
A March report from the
The report found that
Uncompensated care is the unreimbursed cost of care hospitals provide to people who are uninsured or underinsured.
Mercy has seen a drop in the amount of uncompensated care it provides, Mercy officials said in February, but the trend of more patients having plans with large out-of-pocket maximums means the hospital still is awarding a quite a bit of charitable care.
UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital said there has been a 50 percent decrease of in the number of self-pay patients treated between 2013 and 2014. The hospital also saw a 30 percent increase in individuals covered by
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