It found the states’ decision over Medicaid expansion has had a cumulative impact on mortality among older adults, leading to 19,200 fewer deaths in Medicaid expansion states from 2014 to 2017, while states that decided against expansion “likely resulted in 15,600 additional deaths” that could have been avoided.


“It’s one thing not to have health insurance, but not to have access to any health care is a whole different thing and that’s where we are,” said state Rep. Robert Johnson, a Democrat who represents the impoverished Mississippi Delta town of Natchez. The hospital in that town is at risk of closing and considered “critically essential” to the community by Navigant.

“What do we do if the emergency room isn’t there anymore?” he added.

Residents suffer as Mississippi and 13 other states debate Medicaid expansion

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Number of Tennesseans without health insurance at six-year high 468,096 uninsured adults and children without health coverage...

UT report: Number of Tennesseans without health insurance rises to six-year high

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