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N.H. Hospitals Could Get More Money for Uncompensated Care After Court Win

Allison Quantz for NHPR

The New Hampshire Hospital Association has won a court case against the federal government. It could mean more public money going to hospitals to cover the cost of providing uncompensated care.

The state and federal governments pay hospitals for caring for patients on Medicaid or with no insurance. In 2010, the federal government changed how it calculates those payments. But according to the U.S. District Court in Concord, the feds didn't go through the proper rule-making process when it changed the calculation.

That means hospitals will most likely be owed more taxpayer money. But the federal government could go back to the drawing board to follow the correct channels.

A couple hundred million dollars will be at stake, and the issue will almost certainly come up in state budget negotiations in the coming months.

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.
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