Crain's Detroit Business: Federal Tax Plan Has Hospitals, Insurers Worried in Michigan

Posted on December 11, 2017

An article published Dec. 8 in Crain's Detroit Business examines the concerns Michigan hospitals, doctors and health insurers have with federal tax reform proposals currently under consideration in Washington. Hospital and healthcare leaders from across Michigan weighed in on the negative impact the reforms could have on Michigan, particularly with regard to proposed elimination of tax-exempt bond refinancings and the individual health insurance mandate penalities.

Laura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer at the MHA, said the elimination of the individual mandate and other changes contemplated by Washington would lead to an increase in bad debt and charity care at hospitals.

"We are finally getting to a place where people are covered and becoming literate about their own care," Appel said. "The health care system is just starting to make sense. To undo all that and walk it back doesn't help."

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Tags: federal tax reform, Laura Appel, tax-exempt bonds, individual mandate

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