Many hospitals are seeking survival in the new world of the Affordable Care Act which is President Obama’s health Care Law. Lets use Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey as a example of what many hospitals are already doing. They started as a 800 bed hospital. Now they have acquired 2 additional community hospitals and are affiliated with three hospitals. They have been working on the expansion for two years and believe that bigger hospitals is the way to survive; so there has been a recent frenzy of mergers and acquisitions with hospitals and clinics.
Why? Money. Under the new health care law, reimbursements for Medicare which covers senior citizens, Medicaid which covers the poor , are being slashed so health care providers seek consolidation as a way to cut the cost that eat up what they get.
Still, it is estimated that 16 Million people won’t be able to afford private insurance. Already hospitals are getting millions of dollars if they can prove they have a lot of Medicare patients and clinics are receiving money for the more families they sign up. The biggest problem is whether they get the money or not. It largely depends on how the political battles are going. Republican states are opposing the expansions.
Now we have a new Supreme Court ruling that says states have the right to opt out. So, be careful what state you get sick in. You might get care for free or you might not get any care at all if you don’t have that insurance card ready. The Republican Governors who wanted to get out of Obama’s health care now can turn down what looks like nearly free money from the government for their states hospitals and clinics.
The Federal Government would pay nearly 100% of the medicare expansion costs for nearly 3 years now and 90% after that. It is still up to the voters to pass judgement and Mitt Romney said, “I will act to repeal Obama care on my first day of office” I guess Obama was pretty sure he would be reelected. This mess is not over yet.