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New Medicare Rules May Provide Dire Diagnosis for CO Hospitals

March 19, 2007

A proposed rules change to Medicare and Medicaid could leave Colorado's healthcare system in need of some critical care. If approved, several hospitals across the state would no longer be eligible to receive federal funds to provide care to low-income people. Elizabeth Feder with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy says Denver's Health Medical Center and University Hospital and Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs would be hit the hardest, but the effects would be felt statewide.

"Anything that they're not mandated to provide potentially will not be available, and in rural Colorado, these may be their only providers."

The cuts could lead to higher insurance premiums across the board. Feder supports federal legislation that would put a moratorium on the new rule if it is approved.

"When hospitals cannot get reimbursed, they pass that cost on to insurance companies who then raise their healthcare premiums to the rest of us."

The change could mean a loss of $142 million in federal indigent care funds at affected hospitals statewide.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO