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cut Medicaid rolls. (Photo by Andrea Morales for The Washington Post)
"The large proportion of beneficiaries in some states tumbling into the ranks of the uninsured is starting to hurt clinics and hospitals that focus on low-income patients — especially in the poorest states, such as West Virginia, where about 1 in 3 residents have relied on Medicaid," Goldstein reports. At the clinics of Cabin Creek Health Systems, patients arrive every day only to find that they are not covered, Executive Director Craig Robinson told Goldstein: “It’s a total failure, this unwinding.”
Goldstein reports, "At West Virginia Health Right, a Charleston clinic with 43,000 patients at three sites, the number covered by Medicaid fell by about 1,600 in May and June, the first two months of that state’s unwinding, according to Angie Settle, the clinics’ chief executive. The number of uninsured patients, usually fairly stable, rose by about the same number during those two months. Settle said the unwinding is putting a strain on the staff as new people show up for medical services they can no longer afford — and a strain on finances as more people show up for medications for which no one else is paying the costs."