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Tue May 28, 2019, 10:42 AM

'Where do we find the money?' Once again, Medicaid expansion stalls in Alabama

Georgiana Mayor Jerome Antone remains perplexed over what will become of his small Alabama Black Belt community after the hospital closed in February.

Gone were 100 jobs, and the tax base that came with having a hospital operating in the city for 60 years. Only about a half-dozen businesses remain in the city where the median household income is below $20,000 a year.

“When you are city like Georgiana, we don’t have any tax dollars at all,” said Antone. “We really and truly hated that the hospital closed.”

The closure didn’t come as a huge surprise: The medical center was hemorrhaging red ink, and millions had been lost the previous year alone because of the number of uninsured patients arriving to the complex in search of care.

Read more: https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/where-do-we-find-the-money-once-again-medicaid-expansion-stalls-in-alabama.html

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