Protect Our Care Releases Reports Showing How States Benefit from Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion and What Trump’s War On Health Care Means for America’s Rural Populations

Washington, DC – Today, Protect Our Care is releasing state-by-state reports as part of Medicaid Awareness Month that highlight the barriers many Americans living in rural communities face when it comes to receiving quality health care, and the significant role that Medicaid expansion has played in expanding coverage. The reports examine on a state-by-state basis the vital role Medicaid plays in rural communities, and the myriad ways President Trump and Republicans are working to undermine and sabotage the program.

Medicaid expansion has been instrumental in providing health care to America’s rural populations. These reports make clear that Medicaid, and especially expanded Medicaid, have overwhelmingly supported rural populations, giving communities increased access to care and health services. The reports also dig into the many risks rural communities face due to the Trump administration’s war on Medicaid and the Trump Texas lawsuit, which would dismantle the entire health care system and strip care from more than 20 million Americans.

Protect Our Care executive director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement on the new reports:

“America’s rural populations have benefited immensely from Medicaid, and the program has played an essential role in providing quality, and affordable health care to rural communities across the country. The Trump administration’s continued war against Medicaid jeopardizes access to rural health care, and the Trump Texas lawsuit would strip coverage from millions of Americans and take away programs that are instrumental in providing health care for rural America.”

State-By-State Rural Reports Can Be Found Here: 
AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaSouth, CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming.