This map accompanied a story by Jayne O’Donnell on hospitals closing in rural areas of the U.S. It was a good story that called attention to lower-income people who are in danger of losing medical care, simply because their hospitals can’t stay in business. The hospitals, most in rural states, are closing in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act because they’re losing Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements.
This map shows how residents of Stewart County, Ga., must travel extra miles to reach a neighboring hospital. In an emergency, that extra time can be critical.