CHICAGO – The re-election of President Barack Obama will have little credit impact on nonprofit hospitals, but looming federal actions tied to the new health care law and deficit-reduction talks pose major challenges, Moody’s Investors Service said Wednesday.

On the positive side, Obama’s win means the near-certain survival of the individual mandate provision in the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, set to take effect in 2014.  The mandate, which requires Americans to buy insurance and will mean a major expansion in insurance coverage, is the most positive feature of the new law for nonprofit hospitals, according to Moody’s.

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