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?
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.