10 states with the most hospitals at risk of closure

Hundreds of hospitals in the U.S. are at immediate risk of closing, largely due not to financial mismanagement but inadequate reimbursements, according to the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform. 

Many of them are rural hospitals whose closures don't usually make the headlines, but that doesn't mean they're expendable. Rural communities supply most of the country's food and energy. If those communities can't access healthcare, it could mean power outages and empty pantries nationwide, even in big cities.

More than 29 percent of rural hospitals in the U.S. are either at immediate or high risk of closure. Texas holds the most, with 76 — or half of the state's rural hospitals. Multiple states surpass Texas in percentage of at-risk rural hospitals.

The 10 states with the most rural hospitals at risk of closing:

Note: For information on specific at-risk hospitals, see this database.

State

Hospitals at risk of closing

Percent of state total

Texas

76

50%

Kansas

55

53%

Mississippi

38

54%

Oklahoma

33

46%

Alabama

29

60%

Arkansas

22

46%

Iowa

22

24%

Tennessee

21

44%

New York

21

41%

Georgia

21

32%

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