Now is the time for states to replenish their health care resources through Medicaid expansion, Dr.
The longer states wait, the more patients in rural areas are paying with their health, said
"In the last 10 years, more than 100 rural hospitals in the
"Of course not all existing hospitals should stay open. They might be too big or too obsolete for today's needs and technology. In some cases there are good reasons to close. For others there are opportunities for modernization.
"But overall, rural populations are suffering substantial institutional losses.
"On closer scrutiny, what seems a sudden acceleration in rural hospital and clinic closures over the past few years is actually concentrated in a select group of 14 states. They are all holdouts that have declined to fund the expansion of Medicaid that was made possible by the Affordable Care Act, which took effect in