The managed care company was judged the area’s most financially successful public company in 2013.
Insurers battle to increase profits while adapting to health law’s new constraints.
Some of the funding for Grace Hill and smaller community health centers in St. Louis may be in jeopardy, even as the number of people seeking discounted care or free is increasing in a state that will not expand Medicaid under the health law.
Christian Hospital’s struggle to serve the disadvantaged is not likely to get easier under the Affordable Care Act.
UnitedHealthcare, Cigna and Assurant Health say they won’t participate, at least initially.
The Affordable Care Act’s success or failure will depend in large part on the efforts of rural hospitals such as Poplar Bluff to treat the poor.
Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center operates seven family clinics in four rural counties to fill the gap for rural patients.