A rural hospital in northwest Georgia, burdened by a heavy debt load and large financial losses, is set to close Dec. 4.
Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe would be the fifth rural Georgia hospital to shut its doors since 2013.
A bankruptcy court judge issued the order for the closure this week, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.But I thought conservatives were so sure that not accepting an expansion of a big government program like medicaid would help make hospitals more solvent?
Hospital industry officials say Georgia’s decision not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has hurt rural health care. Hospitals in rural areas tend to treat many uninsured people, incurring heavy losses. If more low-income residents were covered by Medicaid, these hospitals would be guaranteed more revenue.
Gov. Nathan Deal and legislative leaders have so far stood resolutely against Medicaid expansion, saying it would be too costly for the state. Deal has sought to address the plight of struggling hospitals, pursuing a rural hospital stabilization project involving extra funding for four areas of the state.