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Hospitals Hope Newly Insured Will Help Offset Medicare Cuts

An Indiana Hospital Association spokesman says the state's hospitals could lose $4 billion in Medicare revenue over the next 10 years.

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The state will proceed with its plans as if the health care act will be upheld by the courts, even though Indiana is one of the states challenging the federal law.

Uninsured Hoosiers will soon be able to start signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Indiana Hospital Association spokesman Brian Tabor says many of the 160 facilities his organization represents will begin rolling out programs next month.

He says the goal will be to balance $4 billion in Medicare cuts over the next 10 years with services to new patients.

“To be able to balance those cuts, we’ve got to get as many uninsured Hoosiers signed up for whatever insurance they may be eligible for as soon as possible,” says Tabor. “The start day everyone is looking at for awhile now is Oct. 1, which is when individuals can start signing up.”

President Obama recently extended the deadline for businesses to provide health insurance for part-time employees working 30 hours a week or more. Tabor says that is creating some uncertainty for hospitals because they will have to wait to see how many people end up enrolled in an employee health plan.

Tabor says Indiana hospitals are also facing a shortfall of about $1 billion from federal sequestration cuts.

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