Wyoming hospitals are breathing a sigh of relief following Thursday’s United States Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
The ruling allows 20,000 Wyoming residents to keep their subsidies to purchase health insurance via the federal Marketplace.
Wyoming Hospital Association president Eric Boley says, if the ruling had gone the other way, state hospitals would have seen a dramatic uptick in uncompensated care. But Wyoming hospitals are still facing imminent financial challenges.
“Hospitals are still delivering close to $100 million of uncompensated care each year. We are still battling that, trying to come up with a solution.”
Boley points out that State legislators have turned down tens of millions of federal healthcare dollars over the last three years by repeatedly choosing not to expand medicaid.