Bexar County’s top elected official gave a pocketbook reason for Texas to expand Medicaid as encouraged by the federal health care law.
Nelson Wolff, a Democrat and the Bexar County judge, said April 1 that he was speaking for the state’s major public hospital districts. If Medicaid is expanded, he said, “it would cut down” on emergency room visits, “on unnecessary patients going there and help people that really, really do need it.”
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Statement: Says uncompensated health care costs absorbed by Texas hospitals are adding $1,800 a year to Texas private insurance rates.