Fact Sheet
February 2012

Medicaid: Essential to America's Hospitals and Communities

How can advocates persuade their state to expand Medicaid? One way is to show how important hospitals are to their local and state economies—and how hospitals rely on Medicaid funding to stay in business.

This series provides state-level data that highlight how important hospitals are to residents at every stage of life, whether they have Medicaid or not. These fact sheets show that hospitals do more than treat people who get sick or injured. Hospitals train physicians, employ thousands of people, create jobs, and generate economic activity.

The series also explains how federal Medicaid cuts could harm hospitals and the communities they serve.