Rural Hospital Closures Increasing

From the Daily Yonder:

Money problems are causing a rash of rural hospital closures — 48 since 2010. Declining reimbursements, especially in states that chose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, are the primary culprit, experts say. Could we be headed for a repeat of the 1980s and ’90s, when 440 small hospitals closed before Congress took action?

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NC Rural Health Research ProgramRed pins designate rural hospitals that have closed since 2010, according to the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. Yellow pins designate hospital closures from 2005 to 2009.