rural hospitals Why federal money for rural hospitals is vulnerable to budget cuts By Harum Helmy • Jun 12, 2013 Fotos GOVBA / flicker Listen Listening... / Compared to their urban counterparts, rural hospitals serve a population that tends to be older, sicker, uninsured and have less income. Rural hospitals provide a lot of uncompensated care and run on more narrow profit margins. To stay open, these hospitals depend on special federal designations that give them a higher rate of reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid. For example, when a hospital designated as a critical access hospital, Medicare reimbursements can make up to a third of its entire revenue. Why rural Missouri hospitals are rooting for Medicaid expansion By Harum Helmy & Jennifer Davidson • Apr 10, 2013 Images of Money / Flickr Listen Listening... / Listen to this week's Health and Wealth Update featuring KSMU's Jennifer Davidson. The uphill congressional battle to expand Medicaid in Missouri is making rural hospitals that serve areas with high poverty levels really, really nervous. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson has the story. Rural Reads: On the disparities of rural vs. urban cancer patients By Harum Helmy • Mar 29, 2013 Every week, KBIA’s Health and Wealth Desk curates the week’s most interesting (or so we think) articles and reports on rural health, wealth and society issues. This week’s topics: guns in rural schools and how low health literacy affects rural cancer patients.