Report finds 90 percent of rural hospital closures happen in states that did not expand Medicaid

From the Times:

A recently released report found that hospitals are six times more likely to close in states that did not expand Medicaid than those that did.

A report compiled and released by Protect Our Care, a pro-Affordable Care Act coalition, found that 90 percent of rural hospitals that have closed since 2010 have been in states that had not expanded Medicaid at the time of the hospital’s closure.

Of the 84 rural hospitals that have closed since 2010, four have been in Missouri. SoutheastHEALTH Center of Reynolds County, Parkland Health Center–Weber Road in Farmington, Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, and Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett — which closed June 11, 2018 — have all closed in the last four years.

According to the report, Medicaid expansion expands access to health care in rural communities, reduces rural hospitals’ uncompensated care costs, and helped rural health providers keep their doors open.

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