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New report shows Medicaid expansion has had significant impact in Ky., especially in rural areas

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service New research illustrates the significant impact Medicaid expansion is having in Kentucky, especially in rural areas. Among states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to the findings, uninsured rates for low-income adults living in rural areas and small towns fell more than three times more than in non-expansion states. As early adopter...

Rural Blog: Study says a state’s failure to expand Medicaid hurts rural hospitals more than urban

If your state didn’t expand Medicaid under federal health reform, that is likely hurting your rural hospitals more than it hurts urban hospitals, says a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina, published in the journal Health Affairs. Researchers “found that rural hospitals saw an improved chance of turning a profit if they were in a state that expanded Medicaid—while...

Billy Reed: Academic fraud scandal at North Carolina still doesn’t mean everyone is guilty

My relationship with North Carolina goes back to Dec. 13, 1966, when I covered the Tar Heels’ 64-55 victory over Kentucky in Lexington’s Memorial Coliseum. At that time the young Carolina coach Dean Smith wasn’t far removed from the days when he was being hung in effigy on the Chapel Hill campus. I wrote a game story that complimented Carolina’s execution of Smith’s ball-control game plan...

Billy Reed: Academic fraud scandal at North Carolina still doesn't mean everyone is guilty

My relationship with North Carolina goes back to Dec. 13, 1966, when I covered the Tar Heels’ 64-55 victory over Kentucky in Lexington’s Memorial Coliseum. At that time the young Carolina coach Dean Smith wasn’t far removed from the days when he was being hung in effigy on the Chapel Hill campus. I wrote a game story that complimented Carolina’s execution of Smith’s ball-control game plan...