SCHA’s Goodwin addresses Wells Fargo conference

Discussing the impact of the South Carolina's decision not to expand Medicaid coverage to those earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Today, Rozalynn Goodwin, director of policy research at the South Carolina Hospital Association, is in Boston to address the Wells Fargo Securities Research & Economics 2013 Healthcare Conference. She will be discussing the impact of the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid coverage to South Carolinians earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Conference attendees include investors, private equity and venture capital firms, healthcare institutions
 
Goodwin will present along with Matthew Salo, director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and David Fine, president and DEO of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Texas.  Their topic is Medicaid: States of Reform Matters.
 
“The question of whether states are expanding Medicaid is important to investors because the decision could ultimately have a material impact on hospital finances. Hospitals in states that choose to opt out would still be faced with DSH cuts and other reimbursement pressures, and would still be required to comply with and implement other aspects of reform. Over time this could lead to a divergence in credit quality between hospitals in states that opt-in versus those that opt-out of the expansion.” George S. Huang, Director, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.
 
Note:  Members of the media are invited to interview Goodwin on the issue and her participation in the conference. To schedule an interview, contact Shalama Jackson at sjackson@scha.org or 803.744.3535.