2 articles from New England Rural Health RoundTable newsletter that you may ENJOY
from National Public Radio, According to researchers at the University of Colorado, hospitals in states that did not expand Medicaid are six times less likely to close than hospitals in states that did expand. According to the lead author on the study, “hospitals saw more people showing up to hospitals without insurance — so Medicaid payments increased. That helped the hospitals' bottom line.” To read more, click here.
The next article to share comes from the Texas Observer. The headline, which reads “If Rural Texans Want Decent Health Care, They Should Mosey to New Hampshire” caught my attention for obvious reasons. According to a report from Texas Tech’s Institute for Rural and Community Health, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut get top marks for access to rural doctors and a low uninsured rate. While more work always needs to be done, it is nice to see a ray of sunshine every now and then. To read more, click here.