An April story from Fact Finder suggests that 50% of rural hospitals nationwide are in danger of closing. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says something that might help keep rural hopsitals from closing in to expand Medicaid in the state. However, State Representative Virgil Peck says medicaid expansion would help rural hospitals a little, but it is not the answer to keep those hospitals from closing.
Peck says that while Medicaid expansion will bring money into the state, it will also add to the federal deficit. Kansas is one of 10 states that has not expanded Medicaid.