If the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a replacement, hospitals in Rhode Island could take a hit.
That includes money to help cover care for low income patients. And it threatens a new way of paying for patient care.
Here’s one thing hospitals could lose if the Affordable Care Act disappears: patients who can pay.
Hospitals like Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Whether you have insurance or not, the ERhere will take care of you. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, more people could come through those doors without insurance. People who got covered, for example, in states that expanded Medicaid. States like Rhode Island. And those Medicaid funds were a big deal, says Rachel Garfield with the Kaiser Family Foundation.