Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Maryland Non-Profit Hospitals Net Assets Up 119% Under Obama and the Affordable Care Act

From a review of the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA), I found 6 Non-Profit Hospital Organizations headquartered in the State of Maryland with Net Assets (i.e. Financial Strength or Total Assets minus Total Liabilities) at the most recent date of more than $400 mil each.  Below here are the Net Assets of these 6 at both the most recent reported date and also at the Fiscal Year End (FYE) closest to the beginning of the Obama Administration:

FYE Balance Net

Balance Sheet Assets

Most Recent
Sheet Net %

Recent Balance
Date Assets Change

Balance Sheet
Beginning Beginning During
City State Sheet Net
Obama Obama Obama
Hospital Organization HQs HQs Date Assets
Admin Admin Admin

mil $s

mil $s

Johns Hopkins Health System Baltimore MD Jun 14        3,728
Jun 09        1,273 193%
University Maryland Medical System Baltimore MD Jun 14        1,594
Jun 09           904 76%
MedStar Health Columbia MD Jun 14        1,489
Jun 09           647 130%
Bon Secours Health System Baltimore MD May 14        1,282
Aug 09           703 82%
LifeBridge Health Baltimore MD Jun 14           725
Jun 09           406 79%
Anne Arundel Health Annapolis MD Jun 14           446
Jun 09           301 48%

Total all 6


        4,234 119%

As you can see from the above chart, the Total Net Assets (Financial Strength) of these 6 Maryland Non-Profit Hospital Organizations increased by a spectacular 119% to $9.264 bil so far during the Obama Administration, driven mainly by Johns Hopkins Health's massive 193% Net Asset growth.

The lowest percentage growth of the 6 was a robust 48%.

Very positively impacting this phenomenal increase in the Net Assets (Financial Strength) of these 6 Maryland Hospital Organizations were actions taken by both the Obama Administration and the US Fed to strengthen the US Financial Foundation which was severely damaged from the financial meltdown in late 2008.

In addition, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has also played a key role in this spectacular increase in Net Assets (Financial Strength) of these 6 Maryland Non-Profit Hospital Organizations.

A remarkable thing is that these very robust increases in Net Assets (Financial Strength) of these Non-Profit Hospital Organizations occurred when these Non-Profit Hospitals, and especially the Maryland Hospitals, were also playing very instrumental roles in the substantial annual percentage growth reduction of Total US Health Care Costs which occurred in each of the most recent three years under the ACA.

With such extremely impressive Net Asset percentage increases of these 6 Maryland Hospitals, a key beneficiary of this has been and will continue to be Maryland citizens electing to buy health insurance on the Health Insurance Exchange.  This very strong Net Asset growth gives these Maryland Hospitals the financial flexibility to moderate their pricing for hospital and other health care procedures in their negotiations with health insurance companies which ultimately determines what insurance premium prices are set at by health insurance companies on the Health Insurance Exchange.