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Lynda Bergsma, director of the Arizona State Office of Rural Health at the University of Arizona, says rural hospitals run “very close to the edge” financially and there is no getting around the fact that Medicaid cuts will hit them harder than other hospitals.

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Medicaid cost shift could kill some rural hospitals

For years, Holy Cross Hospital managed to keep the doors open to the only nursing home in Nogales, despite losing up to a reported $100,000 per month on its 26 residents, all of whom rely on Medicaid for health insurance.