"Financial protection for patients is an under-recognized component of the ACA, and it's important that hospitals are required to have policies, that they disclose these policies, and that they enable people apply for help in a timely way,"
Medical Press, October 28, 2015
If you don't have health insurance, or your insurance coverage still leaves you with big bills, hospitals are supposed to let you know if you qualify for free or reduced-price care, and to charge you fairly even if you don't.
That is, if they want to keep their tax-free nonprofit status under the Affordable Care Act's new Section 501(r) rules.
But a new study from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation finds many nonprofit hospitals have room to improve.
Writing in the October 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers report results from their review of Internal Revenue Service forms submitted by more than 1,800 nonprofit hospitals nationally. They looked at records for 2012, the first year hospitals had to comply with the ACA's requirements and the most recent year for which data were