No Major Changes Yet in Hospitals from ACA - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

No Major Changes Yet in Hospitals from ACA

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Coverage under the Affordable Care Act started on January 1, but local health care providers say they haven't seen a dramatic change in how it affects hospitals.

Tammy Reichert, a financial counselor at the hospital, says she hasn't seen many patients with the new insurance. She says, so far, the biggest issue has been confirming patients' coverage since they don't have ID cards yet.

"It's gotten a little crazy on how to load the insurances because there's certain things we have to do to account bills properly," Reichert said. "We have to make sure the insurance is loaded properly with the proper identification and group numbers and things like that."

Reichert says employees are looking up that information to authorize hospital admissions. She also thinks the hospital will see more patients and more claims paid, now that more people can be insured.

Those who are uninsured or do not meet the exemption requirements have until March 31st to sign up for coverage in 2014.

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