Report: ACA repeal could hurt Missouri hospitals, citizens

Missouri hospitals could lose more than $9 billion over the next 10 years if Title III of the Affordable Care Act remains intact while other parts are repealed, according to a report published by the Missouri Hospital Association.

The report, titled “Realities of Repeal,” also predicts that more than 250,000 Missourians could lose health insurance. The value of the lost coverage was estimated at $1.23 billion a year.

If Title III, which freed up money to help bear the costs of caring for uninsured patients and created incentives for hospitals to minimize risk to patients, were left intact and the coverage provisions in the ACA weren’t, hospitals could be forced to close, said Dave Dillon, a spokesman for the Missouri Hospital Association, a nonprofit advocacy group that represents and lobbies on behalf of 145 hospitals.

The report breaks down cuts to hospitals by U.S. congressional districts. District 4, which includes Boone County, could see hospital funding cut by nearly $680 million over 10 years, the report estimates.

The proposed bill has yet to be marked up and altered in committee, so there remains a possibility that it will not go forward in any way or be significantly altered during the process.

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