Report: Medicaid expansion would ‘profoundly improve’ physical, economic health of rural NC

Report: Medicaid expansion would ‘profoundly improve’ physical, economic health of rural NC
August 21, 2019
NC Policy Watch By Patrick McHugh & Suzy Khachaturyan

Summary: More recent coverage of the fight over Medicaid expansion reveals it isn’t just a partisan fight – it’s having a real impact on the physical and economic health in our state. Rural hospitals in North Carolina are under financial pressure due to high rates of uninsured patients and costs driven by their uncompensated care.

A recent report by Dr. Patrick McHugh and Suzy Khachaturyan of the N.C. Budget & Tax Center explains how Medicaid expansion would be a game-changer for the finances of rural hospitals, which are a lynchpin to the health of many North Carolina communities.