Alva Review-Courier -

By Adam Beam 

Rural hospitals face uncertainty with health care proposals


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kathy Holbrook was at home one night last year when she started having chest pains, so the 63-year-old former office manager drove to a hospital near her home in the eastern Kentucky mountains.

"I am a Christian lady, so I believe in the power of prayer and I was just praying to God to give me the strength to get there," she said.

She made it, and doctors treated her for a small blockage in her heart. Because Holbrook has Medicaid, the hospital got paid for its services, helping it keep its doors open and preventing Holbrook from a more perilous drive to the next nea...

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