If Georgia expanded Medicaid, Grady chief executive John Haupert says it would cover more than 27,000 uninsured patients now seeking free medical treatment at the hospital. It also would have helped the hospital with an estimated $60 million economic boon.
In recent years, Grady has received about $90 million in annual DSH funding. Matthew Hicks, the hospital’s vice president of government relations, projects that the Affordable Care Act will nearly slash that amount in half by 2018. Without the Medicaid expansion, the impending $45 million loss won’t be offset. “It’s a double whammy,” he says. “You lose DSH funding, you don’t have insured patients, and somehow you’ve got to make up that difference.”
I see lots of arm twisting going on.