Kenya Woodruff in the Dallas Business Journal: Healthcare Conversation Turns to What's Next


What's next for doctors, insurers, hospitals and employers after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act?

That was the topic of a panel discussion put on by the Health Industry Council of the North Texas Region this morning on the Southern Methodist University campus...

Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas gives away about $500 million a year in uncompensated care because of laws that require hospitals to treat emergency room patients without regard to their ability to pay for care, said Kenya Woodruff, a healthcare attorney with Dallas law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP. Expanding Medicaid to cover more people, as allowed for under the new health care law, would ease that problem, Woodruff said.

Gov. Rick Perry, however, has alerted the federal government that Texas doesn't want to be part of an expanded Medicaid system. In addition, other federal funding to hospitals will disappear because of the expectation that hospitals would get more money because more people would be covered by Medicaid, Woodruff said.

Excerpted from the Dallas Business Journal, July 11, 2012. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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