Obamacare Helped Keep Rural Hospitals Open

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The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion drove down the uninsured rate in the United States. Now a new study suggests that the expansion boosted the financial health of many hospitals that serve a high number of the uninsured, especially in rural areas. Researchers found that hospitals in the 32 states and District of Columbia that expanded Medicaid were more than 6 times less likely to close than hospitals in the 18 states that said no to the expansion. Some areas were helped more than others by the Medicaid expansion. “The effect, in terms of the closure rates between expansion and... Read More

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