Rural Access

Rural Georgians experience health disparities on multiple dimensions: they are less likely to have job-based health insurance, may have to travel long distances to seek medical care, and experience higher rates of chronic health conditions than their suburban and urban counterparts.

Rural hospitals are often the cornerstones of rural communities, serving as both an economic engine and an access point for health care services, yet several rural hospitals have closed in recent years and more are at risk of closure.

To ensure that Georgians living in rural parts of the state have the access to care that they need, Georgians for a Healthy Future supports policy initiatives (such as closing the coverage gap) that can strengthen our rural health system and increase access to care.

Resources on Rural Health & Access (3 items) Go to Library

Comments on the RHSC Recommendations

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Strengthening Georgia’s Rural Hospitals and Increasing Access to Care

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Memo to RHSC Committee Members

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Laura Colbert serves as the Executive Director for Georgians For a Healthy Future, a non-profit cons...

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Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee issues final report

The committee’s work shines a spotlight on the health care access challenges that rural Georgians face and puts forth constructive recommendations. While we support these recommendations, we are disappointed that the committee did not address the coverage gap and Medicaid expansion in its report...

Strengthen Rural Access: Close the Coverage Gap

In a report Georgians for a Healthy Future and several community partners are submitting to the Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee this week, we recommend that the committee seriously weigh the option to tap the federal dollars on the table for Georgia to close its coverage gap...