Rural Hospital’s Closure Just The First From Lack Of Medicaid Expansion,
This week brings a sobering reality to those who thought Tennessee hospitals were crying wolf about how bad things could get if the state opted out of expanding Medicaid. The announced closure of Haywood Park hospital in West Tennessee may be just the first, according to the Tennessee Hospital Association.
“We’ve seen this coming since the state decided not to do expansion,” says THA president Craig Becker. “We anticipate that there will be other hospitals that will be closing as well.”
THA hasn’t named names publicly. But it has said rural facilities are in a particular pinch. And the hospitals struggling the most sit in West Tennessee, which has been more economically stressed than the rest of the state.
More: Nashville Public Radio
Heard this on my local NPR station on the way home, wanted to share. The parent company is making a healthy profit from the hospitals it has in states that did expand Medicare coverage.