Safety net hospitals could lose $41 billion if ACA repeal lacks immediate replacement

Healthcare Finance reported on a study that indicates if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and not replaced with a comparable plan, “coverage losses and scheduled cuts to hospital funding would total up to $40.5 billion nationally for hospitals that fill a safety net role.” That amount is based on “coverage lost from an ACA repeal and cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding and Medicare from 2018 through 2026.” The study, by America’s Essential Hospitals, also showed that even if Congress’ December 2015 repeal plan, which “would have rescinded the Medicaid DSH cuts -- hospitals still would face a $16.8 billion loss over the same period.”