The researchers analyzed national data from the years before implementation of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare (2008-12) and the years after it took effect (2015-16).
Hospitals in the 32 states that expanded Medicaid were about 84 percent less likely to close than hospitals in states that did not expand the government-funded insurance program for the poor or disabled, the study found.
"Our results suggest that if future policies are adopted that both eliminate the Medicaid expansion and lower health insurance coverage rates, we will see an increase in hospital closures, especially in rural areas," he added.
According to study co-author Gregory Tung, "In rural and smaller communities, hospital closures have a far greater impact because they not only affect the delivery of healthcare services and emergency care, but we also have to consider that these hospitals may be the largest employer and often are pillars in those communities."
In addition, Lindrooth pointed out, "If patients do not have access to other hospitals, as is the case in many rural markets, access to healthcare will suffer -- regardless of whether a person has health insurance or not."More information
The U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration has more on hospital closures.
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