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icon Feb 24 - On life support’: Hospital officials warn dozens of Alabama hospitals are at risk
 

 
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - More than a dozen rural hospitals in Alabama are at immediate risk of closing, according to the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment and Reform’s annual study on the topic.

There was a similar situation in 2023, so the fact that some hospitals remained open is a silver lining. However, Danne Howard, the Deputy Director of the Alabama Hospital Association, says many small hospitals are on life support, and the situation is still very dire.

Those in the AHA would not be surprised if in the short term, a couple of rural hospitals reach that point.

That’s because state hospitals have lost $1.5 billion since the start of the pandemic, and closing the health insurance coverage gap is the main issue at play here, according to Howard.

Nearly 300,000 low-income Alabamians fall into this coverage gap because they make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to afford private health insurance. Alabama is one of 10 states that has yet to expand Medicaid, whereas 41 other states, including D.C. have adopted Medicaid expansion.

Howard says Alabama’s hospitals provide more than $650 million in uncompensated care every single year, and the math for staying open doesn’t add up.

“Imagine any business that provides goods and services being required to give away for free whatever their goods or services are to everyone who walks in the door, regardless of their ability to pay for that goods and services. How long were those businesses stay in operation? Not long,” Howard said.

Alabama’s 51 rural hospitals provide care to about 2 million people each year, and 44% of Alabamians depend on these hospitals for their main source of health care.

When pressed on the specific hospitals that are most at risk, Howard would not say, and her reasoning was simple.

If people think their hospital is on the verge of closing its doors, staffers will look for other jobs.

Howard says that could lead to a catastrophic domino effect for these small towns since it’s usually the largest employer.

“If the hospital closes, it’s a lot of jobs locally, obviously that are left, but it is not just those that worked at the hospital. It’s the pharmacies in town that supported the prescriptions. It’s the physicians that supported the hospital,” Howard said. “It’s not just the health care services that are no longer there. It is some of the pharmacies, grocery stores, other things.”

To keep their doors open, Howard says her organization is trying to work with lawmakers to try and close the health insurance coverage gap, which is hurting these small hospitals and their bottom line.


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 2 months ago '17        #2
Ymmot  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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Not saying blue states are doing much better, but red states are in for a rough ride over the next decade if they don't change their ways of thinking. Medical industries are going broke in their states, jobs are drying up, peoples' health is deteriorating...
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 2 months ago '23        #3
blkmanisgod  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Done by design.
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 2 months ago '16        #4
Proveone  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 Ymmot said 🔗
Not saying blue states are doing much better, but red states are in for a rough ride over the next decade if they don't change their ways of thinking. Medical industries are going broke in their states, jobs are drying up, peoples' health is deteriorating...
But blue states are doing better much better. This is an a result of their opposition to the ACA, they got no one to blame but themselves. The south will south


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 2 months ago '17        #5
Ymmot  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 blkmanisgod said 🔗
Done by design.
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It's almost like universal healthcare would solve a lot of these problems....
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 2 months ago '17        #6
Ymmot  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 Proveone said 🔗
But blue states are doing better. This is an a result of their opposition to the ACA.
I know they are, but I don't want the uneducated trumpers to come in with their "The DNC told you" bullsh1t.
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 2 months ago '23        #7
MusicArtLifeQ 
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 Ymmot said 🔗
Not saying blue states are doing much better, but red states are in for a rough ride over the next decade if they don't change their ways of thinking. Medical industries are going broke in their states, jobs are drying up, peoples' health is deteriorating...
this is because instead of just charging you the regular price for things they charge you 1800 for a bandaid and some water, so people don't pay it and say f*ck the hospital, try charging a reasonable price that people can afford and make the sh*t make sense, people are not paying because they are not getting the services, and the doctors office isn't much better but atleast it is cheaper.

anybody that overprice sh*t goes out of business eventually unless they get propped up by government or something.
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 2 months ago '17        #8
Berr 
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Because republicans refuse to expand Medicaid. Opposition to Obama care.......but dem does nothing for the people
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 2 months ago '17        #9
DavidTheMan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Rockerfellers designed this system.
The US requires a Certificate of Need to open hospitals
This leaves the rural and suburbs of every state exposed to poor or declining care.

They requirement of CoNs need to end now.

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Policymakers claim CON regulation is intended to ensure adequate healthcare resources and access for rural communities plus promote high-quality healthcare. At this point, I am ignoring the absurd claim that CON will restrain the cost of healthcare services. One of the most absurd parts of CON laws is the ability of competitors to object to an application. In thirty-four of thirty-nine states with a CON program, a would-be competitor can object to the CON application. Not only is a healthcare provider required to ask the government for permission to provide a new service, expand service, change hours or location, etc., but a competitor can block their application by simply stating that there is no need. Imagine if a local ice cream shop had the ability to object to another ice cream shop opening its doors in town by simply stating there is no need for two ice cream shops in town.

A second absurd part of CON laws is the fact that application fees can range from as low as $100 up to $250,000, or in some states a percentage of the proposed project cost with no maximum. So, the more expensive the project, the more expensive the application. While some states have CON laws that are triggered beyond a certain threshold allowing existing providers some freedom to run their businesses without government interference, other states use expenditures to make sure that nothing happens without state approval, requiring a CON for any project over a certain amount. What these restrictions amount to is a covert government-run healthcare solution where healthcare administrators have to work hand in hand with the state government.

This is not the only burden an applicant faces. An applicant must also deal with time delays that can stretch for months, even years. Some application periods run two to four months, but some can last as long as a year or more. If that is not enough, the government agency considers applications sometimes not on an as-needed basis, but infrequently, such as twice a year or, as in the case of a specific regulation in Ohio, once every four years.
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 Ymmot said 🔗
I know they are, but I don't want the uneducated trumpers to come in with their "The DNC told you" bullsh1t.
Uneducated Trumpers 🤓

Youre such a fu#king braindead nerd fam i can feel it thru the screen

I wanna fu#k u up so bad
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 2 months ago '05        #11
JimDinO77  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Guess that’s a win for the churches
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 2 months ago '15        #12
mrwoodside 
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 Ymmot said 🔗
Not saying blue states are doing much better, but red states are in for a rough ride over the next decade if they don't change their ways of thinking. Medical industries are going broke in their states, jobs are drying up, peoples' health is deteriorating...
These prejudice rednecks thinking is holding back alot of these southern states… they didnt expand medicaid nor do they want universal healthcare… now the sh1t has backfired thinking they’re hurting just low income blacks… this sh1t will affect alot of poor whites too…this problem is nationwide but many rural areas will be 3rd world status if these hospitals close…


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 2 months ago '22        #13
RockyIII 
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 SmoothTay said 🔗
Uneducated Trumpers 🤓

Your such a fu#king braindead nerd fam i can feel it thru the screen

I wanna fu#k up so bad
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Talk about triggered
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 2 months ago '08        #14
Godsson777 
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But don't talk about universal health care..the gov don't want sick folk around anyways.they only cost money they don't generate taxes

 2 months ago '21        #15
The jinx  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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What pandemic ?

 2 months ago '18        #16
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 blkmanisgod said 🔗
Done by design.
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Not really more self inflicted
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 2 months ago '16        #17
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 RockyIII said 🔗
Talk about triggered
you can tell that he’s punched a wall lately………
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 2 months ago '18        #18
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 MusicArtLifeQ said 🔗
this is because instead of just charging you the regular price for things they charge you 1800 for a bandaid and some water, so people don't pay it and say f*ck the hospital, try charging a reasonable price that people can afford and make the sh*t make sense, people are not paying because they are not getting the services, and the doctors office isn't much better but atleast it is cheaper.

anybody that overprice sh*t goes out of business eventually unless they get propped up by government or something.
The infinite growth model of companies in the capitalist society is not sustainable. Eventually they'll be forced to canablize everything even themselves and that's what we are seeing now.
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 2 months ago '20        #19
Bighempin  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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It only hurts blks and poor whites which means things will continue on the same
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 2 months ago '23        #20
blkmanisgod  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 DUCEDUCE said 🔗
Not really more self inflicted
Go on..
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 2 months ago '12        #21
OldBusiness  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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Hell places like these don't believe in doctors or protecting and sustaining their health anyhow so this isn't news. Americans wanna argue over dumb sh1t more than they want themselves and their communities to be well, so it's just what the population deserves.

Demand more, we know better and should do better - but we as a collective will always only be out to hurt our neighbors
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 2 months ago '18        #22
DUCEDUCE  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 blkmanisgod said 🔗
Go on..
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That area continues to vote against its best interests the hospitals reeling because there is no Medicaid expansion. Those are republican policies and that state has been voting red it’s whole existence.
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 2 months ago '23        #23
blkmanisgod  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 DUCEDUCE said 🔗
That area continues to vote against its best interests the hospitals reeling because there is no Medicaid expansion. Those are republican policies and that state has been voting red it’s whole existence.
Self destruction? Got it
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 2 months ago '19        #24
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 Ymmot said 🔗
It's almost like universal healthcare would solve a lot of these problems....
Not necessarily. It's still up to wh0ever is in charge to manage the money right, and like usual people in government are idiots.
Ii live in Canada on the east coast and our health care system is a mess. Small hospitals and clinics have been closing down for a long time, it's why we had such a problem during covid even with small amounts of cases

 2 months ago '23        #25
blkmanisgod  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 Jp07 said 🔗
Not necessarily. It's still up to wh0ever is in charge to manage the money right, and like usual people in government are idiots.
Ii live in Canada on the east coast and our health care system is a mess. Small hospitals and clinics have been closing down for a long time, it's why we had such a problem during covid even with small amounts of cases
This why people gotta be mindful to make healthy choices
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