By Associated Press • 

Hospitals see drop in unpaid care since Medicaid expansion

BEND — Oregon hospitals are seeing fewer patients who cannot pay their bills since the state expanded Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Bulletin reports that according to St. Charles Health System's tax form 990, the system's four Central Oregon hospitals provided half the uncompensated care in 2014 that they did the previous year.

In Central Oregon, the number of people covered under the Oregon health Plan, the state's version of Medicaid, went from about 30,000 before it expanded at the beginning of 2014 to roughly 52,000 people last month.

The growth of insured patients is leaving hospitals with fewer unpaid bills. Of the St. Charles hospitals, St. Charles Bend saw the largest drop, with a 63 percent decline in unpaid care between 2013 and 2014.


Information from: The Bulletin,

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