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Medicaid Expansion and Rural Hospital Closures

Update: Who benefits from Medicaid expansion? New infographic

A state’s decision to forgo Medicaid expansion affects the staying power of hospitals in rural areas. The map below compares recent rural hospital closures in Medicaid expansion states against closures in states that have not expanded Medicaid. As the map shows, non-Medicaid expansion states have had more hospital closures in rural areas.