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Hospitals To Bear Financial Brunt Of Obamacare Alternative Policy Experiments

USA Today reports on the impact rural hospitals have already experienced in states that did not expand Medicaid, and on the expected challenges facilities will face nationwide with future health care changes. The Connecticut Mirror looks at how those anticipated change could also affect the uninsured.

USA Today: State Alternatives To Obamacare, Expanded Medicaid To Get Tested
At least 80 hospitals have closed nationally since 2010, according to the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. In that time, six hospitals have closed in Georgia and about 10 more are in jeopardy of closure, says Jimmy Lewis, CEO of the rural hospital group Hometown Health. Republican control of the White House and Congress next year opens the door to new approaches to health care financing that could turn states into the "laboratories of democracy" the late liberal Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote they should be in 1932. (O'Donnell, 12/22)

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