Unpaid hospital bills haven't decreased with Medicaid expansion

June 10, 2015

Growth in Medicaid coverage under the federal health law has helped hospitals in some states significantly lower the amount of debt from patients who don't pay their bills, according to a report by Moody's, but it's been a different story with Medicaid expansion in Minnesota, where hospitals traditionally have had less of what's called bad debt. A Star-Tribune analysis shows that unpaid bills at Minnesota health systems increased by nearly $80 million last year, but accounted for a similar share of overall revenue, about 2.6%, as they did during the previous fiscal year.