Kansas has most hospitals at high risk of closure under public option scenarios

Kansas has the highest number of rural hospitals considered at "high risk of closure" under two Medicare public option scenarios examined by Navigant Consulting.

The analysis, supported by the Partnership for America's Healthcare Future, found that a Medicare public option applying to uninsured people and existing individual ACA market participants could put 28 percent of rural hospitals at high risk of closure in 46 states.

Under that scenario, states with the most high-risk rural hospitals are:

  • Kansas: 35
  • Mississippi: 34
  • Georgia: 29

The analysis also found that a Medicare public option where employers move  25 percent to 50 percent of their covered workers to the option could put  51 percent to 55 percent of rural hospitals at high risk of closure.

Under that scenario, states with the most high-risk rural hospitals are:

  • Kansas: 63
  • Iowa: 51
  • Minnesota: 49

 

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