Medicaid expansion is more popular than ever, with a majority of Georgians supporting it. It is also fiscally sound - if Georgia were to expand Medicaid now, the state would receive enough federal funds to cover the cost of Medicaid expansion and then some.
Amid Georgia Republicans' refusal to do the right thing,
"Georgia's rural health care infrastructure is in dire straits - the rural uninsured rate is sky-high, rural hospitals are closing, and rural health outcomes are unacceptable. Medicaid expansion is proven to improve rural health care on all of those fronts," said
FAST FACTS: Medicaid Expansion Would Strengthen Rural Health Care in
Rural Georgia Health Care is Crumbling
* 26% of rural Georgia adults are uninsured. The uninsured rate among adults in rural Georgia is an astounding 26%, compared to 19% among adults in non-rural areas.
* Nine rural Georgia hospitals have closed since 2010. In Georgia, nine rural hospitals have closed since 2010 (when Medicaid expansion became available), including two in 2020.
* Twenty-six rural Georgia hospitals are at risk of closing. Without Medicaid expansion, an additional 26 rural Georgia hospitals are at high risk of closing.
* Georgia has among the worst rural hospital stability in the nation. More than 41% of Georgia's rural hospitals are at high financial risk, making Georgia the third worst in the nation for rural hospital stability.
Medicaid Expansion Would Strengthen Rural Health Care
* Medicaid expansion would decrease the rural uninsured rate. In states that expanded Medicaid, the uninsured rate for low-income adults dropped from 35 percent to 16 percent in rural areas and small towns.
* Medicaid expansion would reduce preventable hospitalizations in
* Medicaid expansion would prevent rural Georgia deaths. Rural hospital closures are associated with a 6% increase in death rates in surrounding counties. Rural hospitals in Medicaid expansion states are 62% less likely to close than in non-expansion states like Georgia.
Medicaid Expansion Would Be A Lifeline for Georgia's Rural Hospitals
* Medicaid expansion would help rural Georgia hospitals stay open. Rural hospitals in Medicaid expansion states are 62% less likely to close than rural hospitals in non-expansion states like Georgia.
* Medicaid expansion would increase profit margins of rural Georgia hospitals. Studies show that Medicaid expansion increased profit margins in rural hospitals and safety-net hospitals.
* Medicaid expansion would lower rural Georgia hospitals' uncompensated care costs. Medicaid expansion has saved hospitals an average of
* Expanding Medicaid would boost rural Georgia's economy. Closing the coverage gap could create 12,000 jobs and stimulate