Monday, August 27, 2018

How Medicaid Work Requirements Will Harm Rural Residents – And Communities

August 22 from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Medicaid plays an essential role in delivering health care in rural America and is an economic lifeline to many communities. Nearly 1 in 4 non-elderly adults in rural areas have health coverage through Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults has produced major benefits for rural America: in states that have adopted the expansion, rural areas have seen larger coverage gains than rural areas in non-expansion states, rural hospitals have experienced larger declines in uncompensated care costs, and fewer rural hospitals are closing. Full report here