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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hospital Fees and the Uninsured

BillFor some time, observers criticized hospitals for billing their uninsured patients the rack rate while charging insured patients far less. Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals must offer their uninsured patients discounts similar to those negotiated with insurers. But many uninsured patients have been billed in the past at hospital list prices. On Thursday, May 10, the Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the question whether the high hospital rates for the uninsured were unreasonable and therefore unenforceable. The specific issue before the court is whether uninsured plaintiffs can bring their claim--the trial court had dismissed the case for failure to state a claim, and the court of appeals reversed..

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