Medicaid Is Rural America’s Financial Midwife

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Brianna Foster, 23, lives minutes away from Genesis Hospital, the main source of health care and the only hospital with maternity services in southeastern Ohio’s rural Muskingum County. Proximity proved potentially lifesaving last fall when Foster, pregnant with her second child, Holden, felt contractions at 31 weeks — […]

Study Documents How Medicaid Expansion Helps Keep Rural Hospitals Open

Comprehensive research in the journal Health Affairs was recently published looking at the effect of state Medicaid expansions on hospital closures. Focusing on especially rural hospitals, the authors conducted a comprehensive and sophisticated analysis, finding: “[T]he ACA’s Medicaid expansion was associated with improved hospital financial performance and substantially lower likelihoods of closure, especially in rural […]

State Data on Seniors’ Health Coverage in Small Towns and Rural Areas

The state-specific downloads in the table below show county-level data on seniors’ Medicaid coverage for the time periods 2008/09 and 2014/15. Data on children is available here, data on non-elderly adults can be found here, and data on the total non-elderly population (children and non-elderly adults combined) can be found here. For more information on Medicaid coverage for seniors, […]