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Fort Scott hospital closing revives debate over Medicaid


October 7, 2018

FORT SCOTT, Kan. (AP) — The controversial issue of whether to expand Medicaid in Kansas has been revived after the announcement that another hospital in a small town will close by the end of the year.

Officials announced Monday that the 46-bed Fort Scott Mercy Hospital will close by the end of the year. That follows the closing of Mercy's hospital in Independence in 2015.

Those who favor expanding Medicaid say the refusal to do so is harming rural hospitals that are struggling financially, The Kansas City Star reported . Officials with the Fort Scott hospital said reduced reimbursement fr...

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