Unpaid hospital bills surge to 1 billion dollars in Wisconsin

Posted at 11:17 AM, Oct 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-06 20:53:27-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new report out indicates Wisconsin hospitals are looking at a mounting debt of unpaid bills. 

According to a Wisconsin Hospital Association report the state's hospitals debt is more than 1.1 billion dollars.

The executive director of ABC for Health, Bobby Peterson says the Affordable Care Act helped reduce uncompensated care. Peterson says President Donald Trump's administration's policy decisions may have reversed the act's effects.

The report doesn't explain the increase and hospital association officials didn't return the newspaper's request for comment.

According to the report, Milwaukee County hospitals accounted for nearly 30 percent of the unpaid total.