Encompassing roughly one in five dollars in the US, healthcare spending remains at an all-time high. For many in Western Pennsylvania, access to healthcare is a challenge. Through a variety of reforms in the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act of 2010, individuals can more easily access healthcare coverage and care in our local communities. Nevertheless, these reforms have faced a notable amount of skepticism, ridicule, and even obstruction. Despite the fact that ACA remains the law of the land, this continued instability has and will continue to have big impacts on local healthcare.
As it turns out, these impacts affect everything from overall coverage to primary care access and the status of rural hospitals in Pennsylvania.
Rural Hospital Insolvency
The situation of rural hospitals in Pennsylvania was dire before the Affordable Care Act. With the passage of Medicaid expansion in the state, many of the most financially-dire hospitals were brought back from the brink. Despite this progress, potential risks remain. [Read more…]