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Southern governors advocate for Medicaid expansion

It was an odd sight at the annual meeting of the Southern Governors Association--three of its members advocating for expansion of Medicaid eligibility as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Some hospitals pull back on charity care

In light of the millions of low-income Americans who now qualify for free or heavily subsidized health insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, some hospital operators reconsider their charity care policies for those who refuse to obtain coverage.

U.S. Senator: For-profit hospitals drive up care costs

For-profit hospitals and hospital chains change the way healthcare is delivered in the U.S., and often drive up the cost of care, according to Connecticut's junior senator.

Medicaid expansion helps Chicago hospital system's budget woes

The expansion of Medicaid eligibility and funding under the Affordable Care Act will likely smooth over any financial bumps Cook County's large healthcare system may encounter over the next year, the Chicago Tribune reported.

CA hospitals' blood test prices all over the map

California hospitals charge such a wide array of prices for simple blood tests that it appears there is no rational system in place for pricing such services, according to a study published in BMJ Open.

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