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Oklahoma Hospitals Projected To Lose Billions In Reimbursements


Some hospital officials say they're frustrated over losing out on reimbursements because Medicaid wasn't expanded in Oklahoma.

The Tulsa World reports a report by the Urban Institute finds Oklahoma hospitals are projected to lose more than $4 billion in reimbursements between 2013 and 2022. Some Tulsa hospitals say they've let go of workers to offset the lost revenue.

Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and physicians are seeing cuts to their Medicare reimbursement for at least a decade. Medicare reimbursement is money the health care providers received for services for people 65 and older. The money was intended to pay for the cost of Medicaid expansion.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states couldn't be forced to expand Medicaid, Oklahoma chose not expand.


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