Most N.J. hospitals to lose some charity care aid

February 25, 2016

TRENTON — In 2014, the first full year of the Affordable Care Act, the amount of charity care hospitals provided to treat the uninsured fell by nearly 50 percent, according to a report released by acting Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett Thursday.

The shift of roughly 400,000 low-income people from no or little insurance to Medicaid, which the Christie administration chose to expand under the landmark health care law, will cost many hospitals a lot of money.

With documented charity care went from $1 billion in 2013 to $570 million in 2014, 47 hospitals will get less in the coming year and 17 will get more aid, according to the department.

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