Republicans’ Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

Pemiscot Memorial, the public hospital in one of Missouri’s poorest counties, depends on Medicaid funding to survive, its CEO says.

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Pemiscot Memorial, the public hospital in one of Missouri’s poorest counties, depends on Medicaid funding to survive, its CEO says.

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For the hundreds of rural U.S. hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington, D.C., this summer could make survival a lot tougher.

Since 2010, at least 79 rural hospitals have closed across the country, and nearly 700 more are at risk of closing. These hospitals serve a largely older, poorer and sicker population than most hospitals, making them particularly vulnerable to changes made to Medicaid funding.

“A lot of hospitals like [ours] could get hurt,” says Kerry Noble, CEO of Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems, which runs the public hospital in Pemiscot County, one of the poorest in Missouri.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/22/533680909/republicans-proposed-medicaid-cuts-would-hit-rural-patients-hard?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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