Elkhart General Hospital and South Bend Memorial Hospital announced in March that they were in talks to affiliate under a joint board of directors.
Hospital officials tell The Elkhart Truth for a story Sunday (http://bit.ly/p7AqWp ) that more and more baby boomers will become eligible for Medicare in the coming years and likely increase the financial pressures on care providers. Like Medicaid, Medicare doesn't fully reimburse hospitals for their costs.
Also, the federal health care overhaul approved last year contains provisions that will require more efficient and less costly delivery of health care while at the same time making more people eligible for Medicaid.
Information from: The Elkhart Truth, http://www.etruth.com