In the wake of Affordable Care Act policies that enhance access to health insurance, hospitals around the country are beginning to take a second look at their charity care policies.
Some are charging co-pays to uninsured patients; others are moving the line at which they provide free or subsidized care.
Such practices are not occurring in great numbers and do not yet constitute a trend, but they do reflect a growing concern among hospitals that some of their uninsured patients have options they are choosing not to exercise.
The New York Times has taken a look at a few hospitals that have reconsidered their long-time charity care policies. Read its report here.