Kansas hospital closures, and what's at stake in the Medicaid debate

My latest cover story is close to my heart. As someone who lives in rural Kansas, I researched the aftermath of a hospital's closure in small-town Independence, Kansas, with my own town in mind. What if my hospital had to close?

 The former Mercy Hospital building in Independence, Kansas, now functions as a temporary city hall.

The former Mercy Hospital building in Independence, Kansas, now functions as a temporary city hall.

It turns out, there is life after a hospital, but a piecemeal approach to health care can be chaotic, expensive, and full of gaps. The story is long but worth a read if you want to know what's at stake in the debate over Medicaid expansion. And, sadly, the story became even more timely this week with the announcement that another Kansas hospital — this one in Fort Scott — will close. 

I'm proud of The Journal and its parent organization, the Kansas Leadership Center, for giving space and resources to deep-dive into important topics that affect all Kansans.