Leadership
e-Newsletter
Intelligence Unit Special Reports Special Events Subscribe Sponsored Departments Follow Us

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn RSS

NAPH Chief Warns of 'Disaster' if States Don't Expand Medicaid

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 26, 2012

HLM: How many safety net hospitals are in states that indicate they won't expand their Medicaid programs?

Siegel: My educated estimate is that there are hundreds of hospitals that will be impacted. And there's a lot in the south because that's where the potential impact is here. The south and in Texas. They are critical places.

HLM: Do hospitals have any clout they can use to make this point?

Siegel: A lot will depend on the united front in these states with their state leaders. If they do that, because it's the right thing for patients, they'll have a better shot. But it's going to be a real uphill battle in some states, because for some governors, not expanding will be their badge of courage. They will proudly not expand out of principle.

HLM: Do you have any direct comments from your members you can share about the impact they see?

Siegel: One member told me today that if we don't expand Medicaid, and we have DSH cuts, we will close our doors. This was in a Western state.

 

 


Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Twitter
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Comments are moderated. Please be patient.