A snapshot of this trend can be seen in Cook County, Illinois, where the public hospital system has seen a decrease in patients who cannot pay their bills thanks to the law’s expanded Medicaid health insurance for poor Americans.
Long and short–Medicaid expansion offers insurance to people in poverty, which is a means to provide payment to public hospitals and health systems that are mandated to give care regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
Here’s the AHA reports on uncompensated care through 2012 for those who want numbers (before Medicaid/marketplace).
PS- I love working for a public health system because it is the closest thing I’ve seen to fulfillment of that phrase under Lady Liberty’s feet. That’s corny as hell, right?